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GRAND CHAPTER 



VINCE OF ONTARIO 




AND FIFTEENTH 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION 




24, 25, 



RIO 



1973 




BROCK 

UNIVERSITY 

LIBRARY 

From the 
Masonic Library 

of 
Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 



LIBRARY * 
BROCK UNIVERSITY 



THE 

GRAND CHAPTER 

OF 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 

IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEENTH 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 



A.D. 
1973 




A. Inv. 
2503 



Held in the Skyline Hotel, Dixon Road 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, 24, 25, 26, APRIL 

A.D. 1973 — A. Inv. 2503 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved 



LEO J. GENT, Q.C., B.A. 

Grand Z. 

Box 78, 

21 Catherine St. E. 

DORCHESTER, ONT. 



FREDERICK C. CONLEY 

Grand Scribe E. 

240 Eglinton Ave. E. ; 

Suite 205, 
TORONTO 12, ONT. 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH . . . 

LEO JOHN GENT, Q.C., B.A. 

Most Excellent Grand First Principal Z. 

Born on a farm in the County of Elgin in Western Ontario, the 
eldest son of seven children born to John and Rachel Gent. In that 
rural setting he had the opportunity of participating in Junior Farmer 
competitions including ploughing matches and judging competitions. 

Married to the former Evelyn I. (Babe) Munro. He has one son, 
Donald John Gent, B.A., age 27, of a previous marriage, who is Senior 
Sojourner of Nilestown Chapter No. 247. 
EDUCATION: 

Educated in rural and high schools of Elgin County. Taught school 
for 10 years, 8 as a school principal. Obtained B.A. degree with honours, 
extramurally, while teaching school. Left the teaching profession to 
study for his chosen profession. Is now senior partner of the law firm 
of Gent & Park with offices at London and Dorchester. Created a Queen's 
Counsel in 1972 New Year's honour list. 
MILITARY SERVICE: 

Served in the ranks and as an officer in World War II in both Canada 
and overseas. Appointed to the Judge Advocate's Generals Office in 
1945. Offered but declined an appointment to the permanent force in 
the Judge Advocate's Generals Office with the rank of Major. 
COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL SERVICE: 

Member of Dorchester United Church, Dorchester, Ontario, where 
he taught the Adult Bible Class for 25 years. Was elected and ordained 
a Church Elder in 1959. 

Member of the Dorchester High School Board for 6 years, 5 years 
as Chairman. 

Member of the North Dorchester Council for 9 years, including 3 
years as Deputy Reeve and 2 years as Reeve. 

Member of the North Dorchester Planning Board for 5 years, and 
as Chairman for 3 years. 

Member of the Dorchester Village Trustees for 9 years, and its 
present Chairman. He is, also, Chairman of the Dorchester Public 
Utilities Commission and the Dorchester Hydro Electric System. 

Has been County of Middlesex representative on the Victoria Hospi- 
tal Board of Trustees for 9 years, and was its Chairman in 1967 and 
1968. He was a Director of the Ontario Hospital Association for 2 
years, a member of the Cub and Scout Council of Dorchester and Dis- 
trict for 13 years. Former President of the Thames Valley Cub and 
Scout Council, and for 6 years was a member of the Scout Council of 
Canada. 

A Director and a Past President of the Dorchester Fair Board. 

He is a Liberal in politicis and was a candidate for Middlesex South 
in the Provincial Election in 1967. 
MASONIC SERVICE: 

Life member and Past Master of Merrill Lodge Number 344, Dor- 
chester, Ontario. Life member of Nilestown Lodge Number 345. A 
member and Past Principal of Nilestown Chapter Number 247. An- 
nointed and consecrated to the Order of the High Priesthood in 1951. 
Grand Superintendent of London District No. 2 in 1960. Member of the 
Grand Executive 1965 to 1969. Chairman of Constitution, Laws and 
Jurisprudence Committee of Grand Chapter 1965 to 1969. 

Elected and installed Grand J. 1969, Grand H. 1970, and Grand 
First Principal 1972. Grand representative Grand Chapter of Maryland. 

Greeted Enoch Council No. 10 Royal and Select Masters of Ontario 
September, 1971. Member of Richard Coeur de Lion Preceptory No. 4, 
Knights Templar 1971. 

Life member London Lodge of Perfection and London Rose Croix, 
and Moore Sovereign Consectory 32nd Degree, Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite 1951. Life member of the Shrine, London Mocha Temple. 

A life member and Past President of the Past Masters, Masters and 
Warden's Association of London District No. 2. A life member and Past 
President of London District Principals' Association No. 2. 




LEO JOHN GENT, Q.C., B.A. 
Most Excellent Grand Z., 1972 



4 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

SPECIAL CONVOCATION OF GRAND CHAPTER 
DRYDEN, ONTARIO 

It was with regret that Grand Chapter learned of the death of 
R .Ex. Comp. Frank Arthur Smith, Grand Superintendent of Algoma 
District No. 14, who had been elected to this office by his District one 
month earlier. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., asked the Secretary to the 
late Grand Superintendent to call a meeting of the Principals and Past 
Principals of Algoma District, No. 14, for the purpose of electing a new 
Grand Superintendent for the balance of the year. This was duly done 
under the very capable leadership of Ex. Comp. R. G. Amos, Scribe E., 
of Golden Star Chapter, No. 254. He reported their choice to be Ex. 
Comp. Clarence L. Collins. 

Our Grand Z. then requested that all the Grand Executive and other 
past Grand Chapter officers be invited to meet in Dryden, Ontario on 
23 September, 1972 for the purpose of investing and installing Ex. 
Comp. C. L. Collins as Grand Superintendent of the Algoma District. 

On Saturday, 23 September 1972, M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand 
Z., opened a Special Convocation of Grand Chapter in the Chapter 
Room at Dryden with the following officers acting: 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent Grand Z. 

M. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Acting Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Daubney Acting Grand J. 

R. Ex. Comp. Chester Miller Past Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Conley Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Hodgen Acting Grand Scribe N. 

V. Ex. Comp. George Fennell Grand Director of Ceremonies 

R. Ex. Comp. His Honour Judge John A. Cox 

Acting Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Beatty Acting Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. William J. Morgan Acting Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Alan Durance Acting Grand Pursuivant 

V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Arnold Acting Grand Outer Guard 

R. Ex. Comp. R. R. Douglas Acting Grand Steward 

Special Grand Convocation was opened in Ample form at 3:30 p.m. 
Our Grand Z. spoke to the Companions assembled welcoming them and 
congratulating those officers of Grand Chapter who travelled a good 
distance to be present on this occasion. Ex. Comp. C. L. Collins was 
presented for investure and installation. As R. Ex. Comp. Chester Mil- 
ler, Immediate Past Grand Superintendent of Algoma District, had' not 
been invested and installed during his year, he requested that he be 
invested and installed and joined Ex. Comp. Collins at the altar. 

The ceremony was performed by M. Ex. Comp. Gent assisted by 
his officers. M. Ex. Comp. Gent and his officers then retired. Grand 
Chapter was closed at 4:10 p.m. 

This Special Convocation was followed by a delightful banquet for 
the Companions present of the District and their ladies. It was followed 
by a dance which was the first Ladies' Night held by this Chapter. 

FREDERICK C. CONLEY, 

Grand Scribe E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 5 

GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 

An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario was held in the Masonic Temple of 
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, on the 2nd of June A.D. 1972, A. Inv. 2502. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent Grand Z. "^ rvQn i 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson Grand H. V „ , 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule Grand J.J Council 

PAST GRAND Z.'s 
Supported by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, M. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, 

M. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon, M. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred E. Crerar Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott Acting Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Hallett C. Banks Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick C. Conley Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank L. Brooks Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert L. Lee Grand Pr. Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles Feasly Acting Grand Sr. Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. R. McKie Acting Grand Jr. Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. George Fennell Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. Earl Steeper Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. Norman F. Brown Grand Pursuivant 

And the following assisting: R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Gillespie, R. Ex. Comp. 
M. Van Wamelen, R. Ex. Comp. Weisman, R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert, 
V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Maudsley, R, Ex. Comp. C. E. Compton, V. Ex. Comp. 
W. J. Morgan, V. Ex. Comp. Sleightholm, R. Ex. Comp. Sorsdahl, Ex. 
Comp. R. W. Purdy, R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Fresque, R. Ex. Comp. I. L. 
Fisher, V. Ex. Comp. J. I. Loft, R. Ex. Comp. W. B. Sixsmith, R. Ex. 
Comp. S. R. Burton. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 3 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for Kitchener 
Chapter No. 117 of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. The ceremony being 
concluded, the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand 
Chapter in Ample Form at 4:45 p.m. 

R. EX. COMP. FREDERICK C CONLEY, 

Grand Scribe E. 

GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 

The One Hundred and Fifteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
was held in the Skyline Hotel, Toronto, Canada, on 24, 25 and 26 
April, 1973. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent Grand Z."\ r™ n A 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson Grand H. V r™ru*n 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule Grand J.J ^ ouncu 

PAST GRAND Z.'s 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, M. Ex. 
Comp. John L. House, M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, M. Ex. Comp. 



6 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Charles W. Emmett, M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., M. Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven, M. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon, M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. 

D. Welham. 

GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS— Elected 1972 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Leonard Wm. Potter Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick C. Conley, B.A., B.Paed Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank L. Brooks Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert L. Lee Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. David Miller Grand Registrar 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS— 1972-73 

St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. Deric Payne 

London District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Charles Grant Smuck 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. James Henry Johnston 

Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred Evan Crerar 

Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. William Bruce Sixsmith 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Robert Sorsdahl 

Niagara District No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Wilson Stuart Anderson 

Toronto East No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Henry Daubney 

Toronto West No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. Donald Wilson 

Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Rupert Burton 

Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. Irvine Lloyd Fisher 

Prince Edward District No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Hubert Fresque 

St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. Douglas Ralph Hough 

Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. George Herbert Patterson 

Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. C. L. Collins 

New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Earl E. McWilliams 

Temiskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. E. R. MacElwee 

GRAND CHAPTER OPENED 

A constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the One Hundred and Fifteenth Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario was opened in Ample Form at 10:00 a.m. 

The Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent welcomed all 
present and announced that all Royal Arch Masons, in good standing 
and properly vouched for, would be made welcome. 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 

The following distinguished guests were formally and individually 
introduced by the Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. George 

E. Fennell, and his assistants: 

1. CONNECTICUT— M. Ex. Comp. Edmund L. Stoddard, Grand High 
Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut. 

2. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA— M. Ex. Comp. Elmer F. Stein, Past 
Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the 
District of Columbia. 

3. ILLINOIS — M. Ex. Comp. Nelson Adams, Grand High Priest, Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Illinois. 

4. INDIANA— R. Ex. Comp. Russell E. Brock, Grand King of Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Indiana. 

5. MASSACHUSETTS— M. Ex., Comp. Lane E. Wheaton, Grand 
High Priest, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Massachusetts, 
and R. Ex. Comp. James E. McSweeney, Grand Captain of the Host 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 7 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Massachusetts. 

6. MICHIGAN— M. Ex. Comp. Roy H. Davis, Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, and M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles C. Rademaker, Past Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. 

7. NEW HAMPSHIRE— M. Ex. Comp. John E. Williams, Grand High 
Priest, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Hampshire. 

8. NEW YORK— M. Ex. Comp. Dr. William G. Peacher, Grand High 
Priest, Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch 
Masons, R. Ex. Comp. Clifford A. McDonald, Past Grand Repre- 
sentative of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario near the Grand Chapter of the State of 
New York, and M. Ex. Comp. Sylvanus F. Nye, Past Grand High 
Priest and Grand Lecturer, Grand Chapter of the State of New 
York, Royal Arch Masons. 

9. NOVA SCOTIA— M. Ex. Comp. Mark B. Davis, Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia. 

10. OHIO— M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Charles A. Fly, Jr., Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Ohio. 

11. PENNSYLVANIA— M. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Grieve, Grand High 
Priest, Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, and M. 
Ex. Comp. Robert M. Evans, Past Grand High Priest, Grand Holy 
Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania 

12. QUEBEC— M. Ex. Comp. Fred Griffiths, Grand High Priest, Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec, and M. Ex. Comp. Wilfrid 
Laurier MacDonald, Past Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons in Virginia. 

13. VIRGINIA— M. Ex. Comp. Grady M. De Spain, Grand High Priest, 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia. 

14. GERMANY— M. Ex. Comp. Gunther Gall, Grand High Priest, Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Germany. 

15. M. 111. Comp. Lome B. Evans, rand Master, Grand Council of Royal 
and Select Masters of Ontario. 

16. M. 111. Comp. Gerald O. Smith, Grand Sovereign, The Masonic and 
Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, K.H.S. and St. John 
the Evangelist. 

17. SASKATCHEWAN— M. Ex. Comp. Roger H. Strumm, Past Grand 
High Priest, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan. 

18. ALBERTA— R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Philip J. Kendal, Past Grand Master 
of Masons for Alberta, representing M. Ex. Comp. 0. Paul Thomas, 
Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta. 

19. M. Ex. Comp. John T. Wallace, Grand President, Grand Council 
of the Order of High Priesthood of Ontario. 

20. M. Em. Kt. W. Stanley Wright, Supreme Grand Master of the 
Sovereign Great Priory of Canada of the United Orders of Malta 
and the Temple. 

21. RHODE ISLAND— M. Ex. Comp. Albert A. Remington, 111. Grand 
High Priest, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of 
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. 

22. MANITOBA— R. Ex. Comp. Howard White, Grand Superintendent, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba, representing M. 
Ex. Comp. Hugh L. Hornbeck, Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba. 

23. M. Wor. Bro. J. A. Irvine, Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge A.F. and 
A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 



8 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

24. M. Wor. Bro. Harry L. Martyn, representing M. Wor. Bro. Wm. K. 

Bailey, Grand Master, Grand Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Canada in the 

Province of Ontario. 

These, our Distinguished Companions and Visitors, were given 
Grand Honours led by our Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. George 
E. Fennell. 

Each of our Distinguished Guests was warmly greeted by our 
Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent. Each was then escorted to the 
platform by our Grand H. and Grand J. 

After the reception of M. Wor. Bro. and R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. 
Martyn, who was representing M. Wro. Bro. and V. Ex. Comp. William 
K. Bailey, Grand Master, he was conducted to the lecturn by the Grand 
Z. He brought greetings and good wishes from the Grand Master and 
wished Grand Chapter every success. He expressed his personal pleasure 
of being present and carrying out the official duties assigned to him. 

The National Anthems of Canada, United States and Germany were 
then played by the Grand Organist, V. Ex. Comp. D. C. Kerr. 

PRESENTATION OF PAST GRAND Z's. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., asked the Grand Scribe E. to 
read out the names, in order of Seniority, of our Past Grand Z.'s, and 
requested that they be presented to the East. 

The following were present at Grand Chapter: 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, 1955-56. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 1959-60. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, 1961-62. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., 1963-64. 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, 1965-66. 

M. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, 1969. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham, 1970-71. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent welcomed these former Grand Z.'s of 
Capitular Masonry in Ontario and expressed the debt we Companions 
owe to our former leaders. He directed that Grand Honours be given 
these outstanding leaders of our Craft= 

He expressed regret that M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burgen, Q.C., and 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, J. P., were unable to be present 
owing to health conditions. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Bruce Smith, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. S. Thomson, 

"That a telegram be sent by the Grand Scribe E. to M. Ex. Comp. 
John M. Burden and M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, J.P., 
expressing our regret that they were not able to be at this Convocation." 

Carried^ 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL DEAD 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

In the meetings of the Grand Chapter one item of the agenda is 

never omitted — that of the presentation of the Report of the Committee 

on Fraternal Dead. Such is the nature of man that it would indeed be 

a miracle if ever there were no occasion for that report to be made. 
As in past years a number of our companions have been exalted to 

the Grand Chapter Above. Their names have been recorded and will 

appear in the Report of Proceedings. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 9 

Some were but humble companions of the Order with no outstanding 
claim to special merit. Others had given of their time and talents as 
officers of their Chapter, and of the Grand Chapter, while a few had 
achieved great pre-eminence as Grand First Principal. Whatever their 
rank or accomplishments, their passing gives us an opportunity to 
thank God for their life and example, and to pray that they may receive 
their just reward in the Grand Chapter Above. So we commit them 
to the care and keeping of the Most High. 

To those whom they leave behind we extend our deepest sympathy, 
and pray that they may know the comfort and consolation of His divine 
love. At the same time we would also extend our sincere sympathy to 
our Sister jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, the British Common- 
wealth of Nations, the United States of America, and the Federal 
Republic of Germany for the loss of distinguished companions they too 
have suffered. 

The passing of a relative, a friend, a companion, fills us with 
sorrow and grief; but our grief is not for them, for "the souls of the 
righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch 
them". Our grief is for ourselves, that our lives are made the poorer 
for their passing. A thankful remembrance of their accomplishments 
should lighten our grief, and inspire us to follow their good examples 
so that with them we may be partakers of the heavenly joy, and in our 
turn leave behind us an example and light to help those who will follow 
after us. As the poet Longfellow wrote: 

Lives of great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime, 
And, departing, leave behind us 
Footprints on the sands of time. 

Footprints, that perhaps another, 
Sailing o'er life's solemn main, 
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, 
Seeing, shall take heart again. 

Let us ever remember that as they were, so we are; as they are, 
so we shall be. What they have accomplished, we too can accomplish 
and in thus following their example we shall be erecting a permanent 
memorial to their honour and their memory will never die. 

Companions, Let us Pray: 

Almighty God, with whom do live the spirits of them that depart 
hence in the Lord, and with whom the souls of the faithful are in joy and 
felicity, we praise and magnify Thy Holy Name for all thy servants who 
have finished their course and kept the faith, and committing our 
departed companions to thy gracious keeping, we pray that we with 
them may have our perfect consummation and bliss in thy eternal Glory. 

Look with compassion and mercy on those who mourn and grant 
that they may ever know the fulness of the comfort and consolation of 
thy love. 

Inspire us with thy Holy Spirit that as we continue members of 
this Order of the Holy Royal Arch our lives may be a living memorial 
to our departed companions and ever bring honour and glory to Thy 
Most Holy Name, who livest and reignest God for ever and ever. Amen. 

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisable, the only wise God, 
be honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted on behalf of the Committee, 
RT. EX. COM. REV. LEONARD W. POTTER, Grand Chaplain. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Rev. Leonard W. Potter and carried — 

"Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and 
adopted." 



10 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 




MOST EXCELLENT COMPANION 
MAURICE ARTHUR SEARLE 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 11 



IN MEMORIAM 

Most Excellent Companion Maurice Arthur Searle 

Grand Z., 1957-8 

"Here walked a friend whose heart was good, 

Who walked with men and understood. 
His was a voice that spoke to cheer, 

And fell like music on the ear; 
His was a smile men loved to see, 

His was a hand that asked no fee — 
For friendliness or kindness done. 

And now that he has journeyed on 
His is a fame that never ends; 

He leaves behind uncounted friends." 

Once again this ever rolling stream of time brings us to that 
moment when we pause with full hearts in memory of those who a 
short time ago stood by our side, shared with us the activities of 
Freemasonry, but who today are no longer with us. Again and again 
during the years the door of death has opened wide to admit those 
of our Masonic household whose work on earth had finished. The 
empty chairs speak to us of those "loved long since and lost awhile". 

This Grand Chapter of R.A.M. of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario sustained a great loss in the sudden death of Most Excellent 
Companion Maurice Arthur Searle on November 13, 1972. His 
passing is an awesome reminder to the ever widening gap that is 
being created in our beloved Fraternity by the passing of such a 
distinguished and scholarly Companion. Grand Chapter, desirous of 
recording this great loss, render this tribute. 

Born in Croydon, England, Nov. 6, 1898, Most Excellent Com- 
panion Maurice Arthur Searle, came to Canada as a boy in 1911. His 
business career is an example of the service and dedication to his 
fellow man. After his discharge from the army he joined the 
accounting department of the Soldiers' Aid Commission. In 1924 he 
became assistant supervisor in the Pensions Claim Branch. Septem- 
ber, 1930, saw another change in the Pensions Department of Canada 
when he was appointed Pensions Advocate with the Department of 
Pensions and National Health. 1939 saw another change for him by 
being appointed District Pensions Advocate. In 1953 the Ontario 
government honored him by appointing him a Commissioner of the 
Soldiers' Aid Commission of Ontario. 



12 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 



In 1967 the Government of Canada, recognizing his outstanding 
service, awarded him the Centennial Medal upon which was inscribed: 

ON THE OCCASION OF THE 

ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY 

OF THE CONFEDERATION OF CANADA 

THE CENTENNNIAL MEDAL 

IS CONFERRED ON 

MAURICE A. SEARLE, ESQ. 

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS VALUABLE 

SERVICE TO THE NATION 

JULY 1, 1967 

Most Excellent Companion Maurice Arthur Searle's distinguished 
Masonic career is evident by the many honors that were conferred 
upon him during his fifty years as a Mason. 

His dynamic command of the English language and his love for 
Masonry were most evident during the time he occupied many exalted 
positions, to list but a few: he was Initiated, Passed and Raised in 
Alpha Lodge No. 384, G.R.C., A.F. & A.M., in 1922, became Wor- 
shipful Master in 1938, elected D.D.G.M., Toronto District D., 1950-51, 
elected Grand First Principal, 1957-58, Chairman Grand Chapter 
Bursary Committee, a member of Knights of the Red Cross of Con- 
stantine, K.H.S., and St. John the Evangelist. 

To do justice in recording a fitting tribute to our beloved late 
Most Excellent Sir, we would quote an excerpt from his address on 
the occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Grand Chapter 
R.A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

MY CREED 
"To live as gently as I can; 
To be no matter where, a man; 
To take what comes of good or ill, 
And cling to faith and honor still, 
To do my best, and let that stand 
The record of my brain and hand; 
And then, should failure come to me, 
Still work and hope for victory. 

I have no secret place wherein 
I stoop unseen to shame or sin; 
To be the same when I'm alone 
As when my every deed is known; 
To live undaunted, unafraid, 
Of any step that I have made; 
To be without pretense or sham 
Exactlv what men think I am." 

C.W.E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 13 

DEATHS — 1972 

1 Scott, Charles S.; Clarke, Thomas Nelson; Carson, George Edward; 
Boyle, George Gordon; Patterson, John Knox; Gibson, Keith H.; 
McKee, Wm. Joseph; Armstrong, Lawrence Noble; Roe, Donald; 
Hooper, Wm. Alexander; Hartman, James V. 

2 Hardy, Henry A.; Shedden, Wm. Waddell; Mawson, Charles Edward. 

3 Owen, Harry; Craig, John; Dowdell, Harold Edward. 

4 Bain, James; Searle, Maurice A. 

5 Dambra, Louis Smith; Jenkins, Fulton W.; Robertson, Murray Mc- 
Kay; Toll, Wm. Frederick; Thomas, Herbert Lancely; Walkem, 
Edward Kalil; Walsh, Robert Charles; Cheney, Robert James. 

6 Rundle, Alfred John; Rundle, William J.; Hinderliter, Harry E.; 
Long, Harmon Pierce; Sobin, Paul; Pauloski, Michael; Quiney, 
Stephen, J. H.; Dawson, Frederick C; Rymal, Harris V. 

7 Williamson, Thos. Norman Gordon; Champagne, Kenneth Albert; 
Sargent, Richard C; McElrath, Harold Cecil. 

8 Munro, Howard; Spracklin, Frederick J.; Searle Maurice A.; 
Plumpton, Gerald R.; Hutchinson, Stephen Frederick; Hill, Joseph 
Wm.; Carr, Horace Nelson. 

15 Park, Hugh Vaughan; Strain, Robert E.; Armstrong, Bruce Camp- 
bell; McNeil, Stanley Edward. 

16 Axcell, Reginald James; Taylor, John R. 

18 Kerr, Cecil W.; Hodges, Grant Sydney; Griffith, Joseph Lionel; 
Parker, William H.; Harper, George Wright; Benson, Joshua; 
Buchan, James. 

19 Dainty, Alfred Henry; Stouck, Garnet Jacob; Goffin, Walter Calla; 
Hawreliak, Andrew; Marritt, Gordon Cline. 

20 Cuthbert, Robert M. Kneale; McCleister, Wm. L.; Hollowell, Thomas. 

23 Murray, James Alex; Congreve, John David; Rutherford, William 
John; Bill, Cecil E.; Apigian, Thomas Harry; Wilson, Dana LeRoy. 

24 King, Norbert L.; Whitney, Roy Matthew; Murrell, William Henry. 

26 Gillan, James Clarence; Burden, William Thomas; Ayler, Orloff 
George. 

27 Browning, Lloyd; Munro, Gordon Ewart; Ruppert, Norman Em- 
merson, Johnstone, James. 

28 Aldwinckle, Jack; Whiting, Ernest; Train, Frank Eluet; Jackson, 
Everett Wellington; Ross, Daniel; Bennett, Roy Freeman; Mc- 
Laughlin, R. S.; Jackson, John Archibald. 

29 Webber, John; Murphy, Darwin Russell; Howe, Frank H.; Brown, 
Charles A. 

30 Bell, Refinald Joseph; Tichborne, Thomas G. C; Dockstader, 
Wilfred E. 

31 Searle, Maurice Arthur; Publow, Charles Albert. 

32 McLaren, John Albert; Seamark, John; McHoul, James Craig. 

34 Green, Frank C; Niblett, James Allan; Plowman, Hugh Vernon; 
Jupp, Harry Maton; Hierlehey, Albert; McCullough, Harry Edward. 

35 Jones, Frederick Whitmore; Campbell, Archibald Sr.; Gale, Fred- 
erick J. 

36 Wells, Frederick Russell; Searle, Maurice Arthur; Kelly, Robert 
Houston; Inman, Harold John; English, Charles James; Elphick, 
Harry Edward; Harvey, Barton Wallace. 

37 Record, John Robert; Haldaway, Harry Herbert; Raby, R. Douglas. 

40 MacDonald, J. MacFarland; Mullinex, Reginald Burton; Laughland, 
James. 

41 Clark, Hezekiah Leonard. 

44 Paul, William George; Daye, John Russell; Coates, William Ogden; 

Boyle, Harry Embury. 
46 Andrews, William Edmund. 



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47 Thompson, Clarence Edward Sr. 

48 Owens, Joseph Arthur. 

53 Smith, Russell A.; Armstrong, Chas. 

54 Kelly, Thos.; Giles, George; Auckland, Rolph; Harriman, John 
William; Layfield, Frank; Clark, Harold Gordon; Roberts, Clarence 
H.; Norton, Clarence Roy; Jordan, James Edward; Addison, Ernest 
Comby; Trueman, George Richardson; Paddon, Ed. 

55 Titterington, Henry; Reid, Walter Melville; Patterson, Andrew 
Lome; Gorham, Merton; Brennan, Edward Hugh; McDonald, Dun- 
can. 

56 Faulkner, R. A.; Miller, Victor N.; Fries, Edgar; Garbutt, Reginald 
Varnor. 

57 Flynn, Cecil G. 

59 Dunk, Lewis Weller; Edwards, Charles A.; Cowan, Norman. 

61 Ingram, James William; Laidlaw, William H.; Illingworth, John B. 

62 Searle, Maurice A.; Luckins, Sidney Alfred. 

63 Finlayson, David Stewart. 

64 Seeley, Mack; Misener, George William; Barron, Thomas Aldon; 
McMaster, John W. 

65 Cannon, William Carl; MacKenzie, William Alexander. 

66 Broadfoot, Alister. 

67 Bullock, Nelson; McCanish, William N.; Moore, Samuel; Ingram, 
Richard. 

68 McMullen, Geo.; Haggins, M.; Leach, Wilson. 

69 Campbell, A.; Clattenburg, C. Charley; Smith, Herbert Ralph. 

71 Ransome, Arthur Charles. 

72 Emerson, Edward Francis, West, William C.; Rollins, William 
Harper. 

73 Kearney, Maxwell; McEachern, N. Roy; Spence, John B. 

75 Fleming, Robert Shortreed. 

76 Keck, G. W. 

77 Searle, Maurice A. 

79 Jones, Alfred H. 

80 Lodge, Frederick Laing; Hanna, David McLean; Anderson, Earle 
Stanley; Campbell, Howard A.; Northey, Charles A.; Blewett, 
Arthur E.; Swann, Leslie Warren. 

81 Awde, Elgin 0., Stratton, Bert William, Lamb, John Franklin; 
Brown, Walter A. 

82 Gervis, John Delmar; Morrison, Robert; Goodfellow, William James; 
Gildea, James F. S.; Tom, Wilbert; Stanzell, Daniel Young; Nacey, 
Ralph Forest; Duffield, George A.; Searle, Maurice Arthur; Douglas, 
Robert. 

83 Dambeau, Martin; Leighton, Arnold Island. 

84 Machan, Howard; McKee, G. G. 

88 Higgs, Gordon; Stevens, James Hugh. 

90 Blake, Alfred; Finch, Ernest Richard; Brown, Robert David; Ras- 
lask, Joseph H. 

91 Mains, Elmo Murray; Shearer, James; Taylor, Alfred Henry; Wilson, 
Robert Franklin. 

94 Bailey, W. J.; Morrison, David Ethelbert; Lowery, George Leslie; 
Kennedy, Bruce. 

95 Worman, Cecil; Cote, Andrew; McAdam, Percival Ross; Young, 
William Grey Black; Chatelain, Romeo August; Gathercole, Harold 
Alexander; Ross, Fraser Robertson. 

102 Gosney, Ronald Frederick; Holmes, Bloss Clarence; Brooks, Albert 
Sr.; Bonnee, William; Hare, William Walker; Hallam, William; 
King, Richard Wallis. 

103 Neely, Carfield Jacob; McCallum, John Wright; Cross, George 
Howard; Parker, Gordon Earl; Childerhouse, John Martin. 



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104 Morden, George Hardy. 

110 Grant, John; Smooker, William Hatton; Lawson, Daniel. 

112 Durant, Goldwyn Alexander; Duprau, Orrin Willet; Merrill, Dalton 
Cochrane; Hess, Donald. 

113 Sansom, Edward Walter; Wood, Herbert Charles; Bedford, Sanders; 
McElheran, George C; Gillie, Farrand Douglas; Raymond, Fred 
Douglas. 

114 Puttinger, Sydney; Mayhew, Henry William; Padget, Russell 
Alexander. 

115 Jenkins, Harold Edmund; Belyea, Winfred Everett; Foulds, William 
David; Davis, Clarence Willard; Waddington, Charles Cecil. 

117 Cousand, Thomas William; Augustine, Albert W.; Stroh, Clayton C; 

Hemphill, William M.; Strieker, Clarence Franklin; Keffer, Oscar 

McCreight. 
119 Link, Harry Wesley; Brennan, Edward H.; Hartford, Harry Gordon; 

Robertson, A. H. 

130 Chapman, John J. 

131 McKenzie, Lloyd; Davis, Robert Adrian. 

132 Wright, William Edward. 

133 Rogers, George Edmund; Barrigar, Fred M.; Graham, William 
Angus; Searle, Maurice A.; Fraser, Robert; Bennett, Wilbert Ernest. 

134 Mix, Arthur Oscar. 

135 Blacker, Ernest; Searle, Maurice Arthur. 

138 Coburn, Newell Piatt; Gunn, Donald. Jamieson; Goldthorpe, Peter 
W.; Wilde, Walter Lane; Hooper, Arthur Leeman; Naismith, Wil- 
liam; Hartley, David John; Ramesbottom, Frederick L. 

140 Jamieson, Robert; Searle, Maurice Arthur. 

143 McLean, Wm. Sterling; McDermid, Colin B.; Markson, Moses Dr.; 
Scott, William Henry; Blair, Ezekiel L. 

144 Solomon, Edward J.; Stewart, Fredrick. 

145 Cowan, Herbert Francis; Searle, Maurice Arthur; Johnston, William 
C; Hills, Stanley, Bernard; Wilson, Cecil Leonard Lester; Doran, 
Robert; Law, Lewis Howard. 

146 Nelson, W. Harold, Chapman, David Leslie; Keeso, John Hansel. 

147 Stothers, Stephen Baxter; Caesar, Paul; Strapp, Howard. 

149 Michie, James. 

150 Coleman, William; Hey, Arthur Lund; Goodburn, William Arthur; 
Doupe, Maxwell Adam; Searle, Maurice Arthur. 

151 Charles, William John. 

152 Davies, William Henry; Black, Jacob. 

153 Searle, Maurice Arthur; Bruce, Alexander; Glover, Stanley Kenneth. 
155 Woodley, James Hayes; Allison, William George. 

161 Wells, Frederick Richard; Perry, Hubert Andrew; Stringer, James 
Allan. 

167 Martin, Leonard; Trustham, Robert Richard. 

168 Swift, Edgar Cyril; Innes, Hugh Webster; Thain, Joseph A. 

169 Budan, Karl; Brocklebank, Clarence H.; Simmons, William H.; 
Smith, Marshall Peter; Hortuzey, Nicholas. 

175 Jackson, Herbert Busby. 

184 Fritze, Edward; Sampson, John Hubert. 

195 Searle, Maurice A.; Richardson, Frank Whitney. 

198 Baker, Horace; Bellamy, Alfred Vincent; Preece, Archibald James; 

Williams, Roy Gladstone; Farrell, Anthony. 
205 Jarrett, Stephen Henry R. 
210 Sinclair, John. 

212 Searle, Maurice A.; Gaffe, Louis Leo; Cooper, Max. 

213 Spencer, Samuel; Lee, Gilbert; Branscombe, Blake Maxwell. 
215 Gay, Ernest Mark; Winslow, Richard; Searle Maurice A. 



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217 Sheppard, John James; Scott, Harold; Strange, Frank G. E.; 
Major, James; Searle, Maurice A. 

219 Searle, Maurice A. 

220 Richardson, John B.; Dicken, Joseph Herbert; Bodanis, George P. 

221 Eberth, Morris. 

222 Ferguson, John Gillespie; Fisher, John Raven; Glennie, Charles 
Lionel; Davis, Russell Emerson; Morton, Donald; Peterkin, Lome 
R.; Sinclair, John; Mullen, Lewis; Dobson, John Arthur; Flint, 
Theodore Pember; Tresidder, Ernest Gordon; Neill, Charles Albert. 

223 Carlisle, Kenneth William; Childs, Frederick Arthur; Smith, 
Ronald W. H. 

224 Sharpe, Edward; Forbes, Donald; Runciman, William. 

225 Searle, aMurice A.; Furlong, George Wilfred; Higgins, John Arthur. 

226 Scott, Walter Thomas; Cousans, Thomas William. 

227 Thompson, Newton; White, Robert Granger; Darvell, John E.; 
Lloyd, Orliff Arthur; Geen, Percy Wiles; Kerr, Percy Elliott; 
Clarke, Albert; Buck, Arthur Wellington; Cousins, John Michael; 
McKay, Henry Corby. 

230 Horruzey, Nicholas John; Davidson, James C.; Glenister, William. 

231 Stiver, Lewis Arthur; Searle, Maurice A. 

232 Lailey, Frederick; Ritchie, George. 

233 Mitchell, Douglas Murray; Andrews, Charles R. 

234 Russell, John Norman; Wilson, Frank Wilfred; Feller, Arinim, 
Hubert. 

235 Burns, Ralph; Forester, John Percival; Newton, Thomas; Welk, 
Albert Charles; Searle, Maurice Arthur. 

236 Martin, William Percival. 

238 McKenzie, John; Mank, Fred Sr.; Searle, Maurice A.; Short, 
Leslie E. 

241 Bailey, William; Searle, Maurice A. 

242 Philips, Robert. 

243 Copping, Stanley. 

245 Illingworth, Frederick; Schedeweitz, William C. 

246 Harrow, Roy; Roos, Harrison Charles; Spour, Thomas O.; Searle 
Maurice Arthur. 

247 Fuller, George Edward; Johnson, James Alfred. 

248 Mayhew, Henry W. 

249 Brown, E. H.; Allin, Clare Edgar. 

250 McLardy, Ray Jepson; Turner, John James; Wellington, Howard 
Russell; Newman, Clinton Earl. 

251 Loach, Gordon A. 

252 Gorham, James A.; Ferguson, Orvile Carlyle; Pell, Joseph; Hunter, 
Alexander. 

254 Smith, Frank A.; Hanson, Carl; Morgan, Ebenezer M. 

255 Dunkie, John Peter; Kelly, Clarence Edward. 

257 Legge, Warren Clemmoth; King, Leslie George; Boucher, James 
Finlay; Morrison, Angus John. 

258 Vanzant, Charles A. 

259 Searle, Maurice Arthur 

260 Searle, Maurice Arthur 

261 Perry, Sidney J. 

263 Caiman, Benjamin; King, James Daniel; Bernath, Stephen. 

Of these Companions who answered the call to Higher Service, the 
following held Grand Chapter Rank: 
Chapter 
No. 

6 V. Ex. Comp. S. Joseph Hall Quiney 

7 R. Ex. Comp. Harold Cecil McElrath 



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27 V. Ex. Comp. Gordon E. Munro 

29 V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Henry Jones 

34 R. Ex. Comp. Harry Edward McCullough 

44 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. O. Coates 

61 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. James Ingram 

102 R. Ex. Comp. Richard Wallace King 
114 V. Ex. Comp. Henry Wm. Mayhevv 

119 R. Ex. Comp. Edward H. Brennan 

138 V. Ex. Comp. Donald J. Gunn 

140 R. Ex. Comp. Robert Jamieson 

143 R. Ex. Comp. Colin B. McDermid 

144 V. Ex. Comp. Edward J. Solomon 

145 R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Chester Johnston 
153 V. Ex. Comp. Alexander Bruce 

222 R. Ex. Comp. John Sinclair 

225 M. Ex. Comp. Maurice Searle 

235 V. Ex. Comp. Albert Charles Welk 



TORONTO DISTRICTS 8 AND 8A ADDRESS OF WELCOME 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Leo J. Gent, 
Q.C., B.A., Officers and Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, distinguished guests from 
Sister Jurisdictions in Canada and the United States of America, and 
representatives of other Masonic Organizations. 

The Companions of Districts 8 and 8A are conscious of the honour 
bestowed upon us by your presence in this great Jurisdiction; it is a 
great privilege and pleasure to be Host on this, the One Hundred and 
Fifteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. We hope that your con- 
fidence in us will be well founded, and that your stay in this beautiful 
city of ours will be profitable and give much pleasure. 

Most Excellent Sir, during the past year we have followed your 
great effort on behalf of Royal Arch Masonry, and I am sure that I 
speak not only for Districts 8 and 8A but for all of the Grand Jurisdic- 
tion, that you may be blessed with good health to enable you to carry 
on as a shining light for all of us in Capitular Masonry to look up to 
with great pride in our association with you. 

In conclusion, my Companions, may the Great Jehovah direct us in 
all our undertakings during this Convocation. 

Presented this 25th day of April, 1973. 

FREDERICK H. DAUBNEY, 
Grand Superintendent, District 8. 
DONALD M. WILSON, 
Grand Superintendent, District 8A. 



COMMITTEE OF CREDENTIALS 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, Chairman of the Credentials 
Committee, reported that there are 156 warranted Chapters on the roll 
of Grand Chapter of which 140 Chapters were represented by the fol- 
lowing: 

1 C. M. Peters, Z.; and W. H. Gummer, H. C. Babcock, R. H. Seymour, 

P.Z.'s. 



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2 Wm. Guy, Z.; N. Fair, H.; and W. B. Sixsmith, W. J. Curtis, J. 
Neil, E. M. Marshall, R. J. Cocks, P.Z.'s. 

3 J. P. Smuck, Z.; and C. G. Smuck, E. H. Malton, A. G. Smuck, W. 
Macraw, P.Z.'s. 

4 J. C. Lyttle, H.; and R. C. Edwards, K. L. Bellamy, P.Z.'s. 

5 J. H. Jackson, Z.; and S. Pedersen, Malcolm McRae, P.Z.'s. 

6 H. D. House, Z.; Paul Hurst, H.; Chris Nates, J.; and F. Scott, 
Clarence Katz, Leslie Levitt, Alex. Wilson, P.Z.'s. 

7 Frank Rodgers, Z.; John McMechan, H.; Basil Campney, J.; and 
Chas. Beatty, E. E. Vaughan, E. W. Harrison, M. H. Hancock, W. 
A. Vempsey, Harold Bankier, P.Z.'s. 

8 Wm. Dobinson, Z.; Harvey Wilson, H.; Donald Slean, J.; and War- 
ren Newton, D. A. Wilson, W. L. Brown, Chas. Smyth, A. M. Otis, E. 
J. Barbour, P.Z.'s. 

15 L. C. Ewener, and H. C. Keam, P.Z.'s. 

16 Henry Laewen, Z.; George Laing, H.; and Clifford Meunier, Harold 
Burmaster, P.Z.'s. 

18 G. K. Mansell, and J. J. Webber, A. E. Dickinson, G. L. Nutt, P.Z.'s. 

19 H. D. Gray, Z.; C. Downey, H.; and W. S. Anderson, L. J. McMann, 
P Z 's 

22 L. 6. Walker, Z.; R. K. Laushway, P.Z. 

23 J. H. Johnston and W. J. Thompson, Norman C. Card, P.Z.'s. 

24 S. C. Wendland, Z.; A. Whittaker, H.; and Wm. May, Geo. Kiloh, 
W. J. O'Hara, A. Mannie, P. D. Armstrong, Geo. Smith, W. J. Neely, 
J. L. Blom, W. H. Collier, Richard E. Young, R. H. Davies, E. C. 
Huggins, H. J. Kastner, P.Z.'s. 

26 A. McDonald and F. Bowman, P.Z.'s. 

27 Allan Stewart, Z.; Walter Borthwick, H.; and B. M. Conron, R. A. 
Barker, W. R. Oldham, A. D. Smith, J. A. Kilsby, E. Douthwaite, 
G. S. Hudson, Geo. A. Kennedy, F. C. Melton, Duncan Mclntyre, 
M. G. McKechnie, P.Z.'s. 

28 F. Manos, Z.; F. L. Smith, H.; and R. E. Temperton, P.Z. 

29 John Livingstone, Z.; F. Deanude, P.Z. 

30 W. M. Cameron, Z.; Leonard Boyce, J. E. Malins, W. G. Treble, 
P.Z.'s. 

31 Marcus Pope, Z.; Harry Alder, P.Z. 

32 R. D. Law and Gordon Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

34 G. W. Campbell and J. 0. Smith, P.Z.'s. 

35 John D. Ford, H. 

36 J. W. Morrison, D. Miller, J. E. Girvan, C. A. Bedford, W. E. 
Bannon, P.Z.'s. 

37 W. J. Dickenson, H.; R. J. Hughes, J.; F. B. Scott, P.Z. 

40 Jack A. Cherry, Z.; J. C. Boswell, W. H. Quant, P.Z.'s. 

41 John Ferguson, P.Z. 

44 Norman A. Robertson, Z.; Thomas McAllister, H.; and G. H. Fresque, 
Reginald Dawson, Clarence Markle, P.Z.'s. 

46 William McKay, Z.; C. E. Dunseith, H.; and R. Johnson, R. J. 
Aitcheson, P.Z.'s. 

47 Roy Stubble, Z.; and George E. Fennell, J. M. McDonald, P.Z.'s. 

53 Ross T. Laur, Wm. A. Bradshaw, P.Z.'s. 

54 John Swindells, Z.; George Jackson, P.Z. 

55 David Weaver, Z.; Stan Welstead, J.; and K. Woodhouse, E. Staines, 
C. A. Larsen, I. B. Collard, J. Wiebe, P.Z.'s. 

56 Frank Binns, Z.; Neil Sinclair, H.; and Gordon Matthias, Cecil Bax- 
endale, P.Z.'s. 

57 R. Radford, W. Cooper, C. McNeil, E. N. Winn, G. D. Penwarden, 
P.Z.'s. 

59 G. B. Carley, Z. 



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61 D. Graham Hudson, Z.; Peter Bogaerts, H.; Robert W. Mohr, J.; 
R. A. Young, Sedrick Mohr, P.Z.'s. 

62 J. W. Pearce, Z.; A. E. Mills, H.; Jos. Shield, J. S. Shield, W. J. 
Grierson, D. B. Filsinger, P.Z.'s. 

63 George A. Stewart and J. W. McFadden, E. F. Frey, P.Z.'s. 

64 R. L. Pearson, Z.; J. C. L. McKeand, E. Haley, B. D. Penwarden, 
H. J. Patis, P.Z.'s. 

66 Ross Kercher, Z.; Orville Oke and James Doig, P.Z.'s. 

67 Frank B. Johnson and L. E. Morphy, P.Z.'s. 

68 Fred H. Whaley, J.; G. J. J. Purcell, P.Z. 

69 D. B. Lamont, Z. 

71 Robert Leniuk, Z.; Marwood Fletcher and Leonard W. Potter, Thomas 
Weaver, P.Z.'s. 

72 David A. Fargey, Z. 

73 Charles Douglas Krieges, J.; and Fred Yardley, Alexander Dick, D. 
Blake Hastings, James Lyle Winter, Harvey Smith, P.Z.'s. 

74 Frank Hendry, P.Z. 

75 Percy Barr, Z. 

76 R. Phillips, P.Z. 

77 Clayton J. Shibley, Z.; Samuel F. Hall, J.; and C. W. Emmett, 
George W. Elms, Percy Helm, Albert L. Lee, Wm. J. Boston, W. F. 
Damp, Frank Harris, E. K. Hogaboom, James Woodland, P.Z.'s. 

78 J. C. Dawson, J.; Earl Steeper, P.Z. and C. A. McGregor, P.Z. 

79 Victor T. Usher, Z.; John Hallam, H.; and Leith L. Querie, Arthur 
John Burton, Martin H. Pouport, James C. Doyle, Jack R. Bert 
Bell, Arthur I. Cook, Maxwell Clark, P.Z.'s. 

80 A. Ross Bourne, and G. E. Turner, P.Z.'s. 

81 H. P. Grant and R. Mckie, P.Z.'s. 

82 W. Cheetham, P.Z. 

83 Hugh M. Brown, Z.; Doug Clark, H. 

88 Doug Martin, Z.; and E. H. Logan, J. E. Finley, R. T. Cadwallader, 
Hugh M. Dunlop, G. E. H. Brandon, G. L. Dunlop, H. L. Martin, 
Tom Ellis, P.Z.'s. 

91 R. M. Blake, Z.; and L. W. L. Dixon, H. W. Powell, J. A. Hewat, 
P.Z.'s. 

94 S. E. Tripp, Z.; and G. McCombe, G. K. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

95 R. Hamilainen, Z.; and P. Fairhall, W. B. Muncaster, P.Z.'s. 

102 E. J. Edgar, Z.; and H. W. Walker, E. C. Price, E. E. Mc Williams, 
P.Z.'s. 

103 A. W. Cant, Z.; and A. S. Haley, R. C. Schmefer, F. J. Gammon, 
H. W. Scott, P.Z.'s. 

104 J. V. Baker, Z.; W. S. Thomson, F. C. DeVenne, S. R. Amos, P.Z.'s. 
110 David Trotter, Z.; Morgan Durnford, P.Z. 

112 D. R. Hough, P.Z. 

113 W. Vipond, Z.; A. L. Farnsworth, P.Z. 

116 J. E. Cassibo, Z.; C. E. Cassibo, H.; and E. M. James, M. P. Morris, 
C. R. Ruttle, D. R. Jeschor, P.Z.'s. 

117 H. W. Rothbermel, Z.; W. Rees, H.; J. Welker, J.; and G. Brady, G. 
H. Shannon, R. J. Brown, J. Prentice, I. Tucker, J. E. Bird, P.Z.'s. 

119 J. Bradley, Z.; C. Cowan, H.; M. Fritsch, J.; and H. Mills, D. A. 
Robinson, L. F. Hillman, P.Z.'s. 

129 Hugh McGugan, Z.; and L. H. Sorsdahl, W. H. Cheoros, F. Lanin, 
O. Ovens, P.Z.'s. 

130 Dalton Moffett and L. B. Evans, L. A. Smith, James R. Kennedy, 
Harvey Morrow, W. H. Gorrell, P.Z.'s. 

131 A. E. Hardman, Z. 

133 G. H. Patterson and J. J. Carpenter, F. Fairfield, H. F. Gardiner, 
P.Z.'s. 

134 R. Bivens and I. Fisher, P.Z.'s. 



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135 R. B. Robinson, H.; W. J. Morgan, C. S. Feasby, P.Z.'s. 

138 Ervine R. Wood, Z.; John N. Beaton, H.; Alfred J. H. Home, J.; 

and M. VanWamalen, Gordon T. Ferguson, Ernest Moyle, E. H. 

Hughes, Bernard W. Spencer, Eric Whalley, Robert Young, Percy 

James, Meredith Hastings, W. J. Boston, P.Z.'s. 
140 D. Harcus, P.Z. 

145 Sydney Woodward and Richard Carr, John Rainey, L. B. Morrison, 
W. Pomeroy, L. G. T. Taylor, B. Forward, P.Z.'s. 

146 B. Steenson, Z.; and Fraser Hay, E. Johnston, B. Hastings, P.Z.'s. 
150 G. J. Scholz, Z.; K. Roden, J. 

152 W. G. Sanders, P.Z. 

153 Gord Wingerden, H.; Geo. Lauzon, P.Z. 
155 R. Brown, P.Z. 

161 V. A. McMurray, P.Z. 

167 G. Hoffman, Z.; S. R. Burton, Arthur Settle, Karl Morrison, Lloyd 
Roberts, P.Z.'s. 

168 G. Burnett, Z.; B. A. Lauson, H.; T. H. Burgis, J.; and J. Boulton, 
J. Meier, P.Z.'s. 

169 J. Sutton, Z. 

175 D. A. Rogers, Z.; J. A. Turner, H.; and John R. Dunbar, W. Baldwin, 

J. H. Rogers, C. R. Smith, B. D. Burt, G. H. R. Crawshaw, P.Z.'s. 
195 John Post, Z.; K. Flynn, J.; Fred Kline, Wm. Sproule, Maurice 

Clark, A. Archdekin, D. Davidson, W. B. Cannon, T. Armstrong, 

H. Spratt, J. Gold, L. Archdekin, P.Z.'s. 
198 L. W. Johnston, Z.; and Wm. Patterson, F. Conley, P.Z.'s. 
205 G. L. Hall and Harold Kirkby, D. Tozder, Dave Hill, Joe Bell, Wilf 

Cameron, H. Ince, P.Z.'s. 
210 H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z. 

212 J. Ross, Z.; S. Stanenbaum, H.; E. Bluestein, J.; and Aube Weisman, 
H. Hands, F. Sheldon, L. Dineburg, N. Austin, I. Ingles, Irv. Sax, 
Jack Hader, Louis Hermant, M. Sandler, S. Abram, S. Perlman, H. 
Sayles, L. Ritter, J. W. Woodland, P.Z.'s. 

213 E. Minard, Z.; E. R. MacElwee, P.Z. 

214 P. Cameron, Z.; S. Mitchell, B. Johnston, P.Z.'s. 

215 G. H., Stuart, Z.; T. D. Chisholm, H.; and Brian Rodd, W. Bell, 
W. J. Cook, D. Reedie, P.Z.'s. 

217 E. W. Elcombe and J. Turnbull, J. L. House, Norm Brown, John 
Abbott, Albert Baldwin, Ellwood Reid, P.Z.'s. 

218 Alex Moosley and J. A. Doney, P.Z.'s. 

219 G. Hinchcliff, Z.; Forbes, Russell, H.; Stephen Pilcher, J.; and G. 
Anthony, D. McLachlan, P. Taylor, P.Z.'s. 

220 V. Beam, Z.; P. Hertell, H.; Robt. T. Rigby, J.; and P. McGregor, 
W. Greech, G. H. Horner, P.Z.'s. 

221 Norman Robinson, Z.; Archie McCuaig, H.; A. Dawson, J.; and W. 

E. Crerar, Ken Hooper, P.Z.'s. 

222 A. V. Williams, Z.; and G. A. Kent, H. T. C. Humphries, F. F. 
Hortin, C. C. Dale, R. G. Harris, P.Z.'s. 

223 K. A. Halfyard, Z.; and Wallace Layte, H. A. Jones, P.Z.'s. 

224 Maurice Moso, Z.; and Donald Falkner, M. G. Spiers, P.Z.'s. 

225 B. C. Jackson, Z.; William Henshaw, J.; and John E. Richardson, 

F. W. D. Welham, Russell J. Spencely, Frederick Daubney, T. 
Nishino, W. D. Sturch, John Wallace, H. C. May, P.Z.'s. 

226 D. C. Kerr, P.Z. 

227 C. A. Faulkner, Z.; G. McQueen, H.; C. Faulkiner, J.; and Bruce H. 
Smith, C. McMullen, E. L. Goodman, B. A. Gill, L. A. Courtemanche, 
P.Z.'s. 

230 Ernest Maltby, Z.; and Chrys Lewis, John Parke, Thomas Henry, 
Allan Jamieson, P.Z.'s. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 21 

231 Thomas W. Carter, Z.; R. Kennedy, J.; and J. W. Woodland, A. K. 
Johnson, David M. Kerr, John E. Yaeger, John Inglis, Ed. Shunk, 
John C. Crockatt, John Callaghan, Harry L. Martyn, P.Z.'s. 

232 D. Coffen, H.; F. B. G. Lindley, J.; E. J. Ridgeway, A. S. Currie, 
J. L. Mellor, C. B. Coleman, P.Z.'s. 

233 D. Wilson and Roy K. Griffin, W. E. Gardner, William Dunlop, 
P.Z.'s. 

234 Earl Johnson, Z.; Robert Barland, H.; Teroy Norton, R. Tracey, 
Irwin Noble, J. Long, P.Z.'s. 

235 Harold Foote and H. Cook, P.Z.'s. 

236 L. Leousis, Z.; K Lang, H.; William Brown and Charles Mallison, 
Albert Waterhouse, Robert Richie, W. Williamson, John Aldridge, 
P.Z.'s. 

238 Freeman McLeod, Z.; and L. E. Fortner, Victor Hopwood, W. L. 
Davies, Joseph Hessey, P.Z.'s. 

239 Lester Fisher and Derick Payne, R. Sypes, L. Guyett, P.Z.'s. 

240 L. T. Richardson, Z. 

241 J. Brown, and H. S. Biggs, 0. R. Roberts, P.Z.'s. 

242 C. L. Philip and W. B. Chalcraft, P.Z.'s. 

243 U. J. Devney, Z.; and F. W. Checkley, W. Kane, P.Z.'s. 

245 R. Wright, Z.; and A. Jefkins, A. J. Harriman, P.Z.'s. 

246 J. A. Gravelle, Z.; C. H. Davison, H.; Geo. Johnson, J.; and P. 
Mayden, D. Danby, J. Woodlawn, G. J. Reed, P.Z.'s. 

247 Jas. Bendall, Z.; and Hallett Banks, R. Neely, G. Sleightholm, 
P.Z.'s. 

248 W. Reed, Z. 

249 S. Lancaster, Z.; Roy Hall, H.; Keith Billett, J.; and H. Ferguson, 
H. G. Freeman, H. B. Tink, P.Z.'s. 

250 J. R. Hodgins, Z.; and A. Leal, K. W. Purdy, P.Z.'s. 

251 J. White, Z.; H. G. Fick, P.Z. 

252 J. Thompson, Z.; W. J. Brock, H.; and H. F. Bouck, L. Brooks, 
G. D. Wright, L. James, P.Z.'s. 

254 C. L. Collins and S. O. Norman, P.Z.'s. 

255 J. A. Petrie, Z.; D. Hillier, P.Z. 

258 L. Willis, Z.; and F. E. Warren, Fred Conley, P.Z.'s. 

259 David Harcus, P.Z. 

260 A. Peer, Z.; and V. Newman, John Kline, L. Stroud, A. Williams, 
H. Carr, Bruce Smith, P.Z.'s. 

261 A. S. Tonkin, Z.; C. R. Griffith, H.; and G. E. Tait, P.Z. 

262 Gordon Stuart, J.; and J. Loft, H. G. Edgar, Fred Scott, R. Cocks, 
C. D. Reading, P.Z.'s. 

263 A. R. Davidson, Z.; M. F. J. Melville, J.; and R. K. Muir, W. S. 
Wright, H. C. May, P. Johnston, P.Z.'s. 



CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule, 

"That the Proceedings of the former Annual Convocation, held on 
Friday and Saturday, 28, 29 April, 1972, have been printed and copies 
sent to all Chapters of this Jurisdiction, the recorded minutes be con- 
sidered read and the same is now confirmed." Carried. 



22 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule, 

"That the order of business of this Grand Convocation be changed 
at the discretion of the Grand Z." Carried. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Sproule and seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. James E. Girven, and carried, 

"That the Per Diem Committee headed by R. Ex. Comp. David 
Miller as temporary Chairman pay the Per Diem to the Members of 
the Grand Executive Committee entitled to same." 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. John E. Richardson, and carried, 

"That R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland be Chairman of the Cre- 
dentials Committee with power to form his own Committee," 
and 

"That Ex. Comp. William B. Boston be Chairman of Scrutineers 
with power to form his own Committee assisted by Members of the 
Credentials Committee." 



GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

The Most Excellent, the Grand Z., directed the Grand Scribe E. to 
call the roll of representative Jurisdictions and have them assemble 
before the Altar. The following Grand Representatives answered to 
their names: 

Alberta — E. K. Hogaboom, 36 Athol Ave., Toronto. 
Argentina — Wm. H. Sproule, 4 Elizabeth St. S., Brampton. 
Arizona — Edward Marshall, Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St., Hamilton. 
California — B. M. Conron, 120 Maple St., Collingwood. 
Colorado— Cyril McMullen, R.R. No. 5, Belleville. 
Delaware — Wm. J. Grierson, 136 Bedford Park Ave., Toronto. 
Dist. of Columbia— B. H. Smith, 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville. 
Illinois— J. W. Woodland, 111 Raglan Ave., Apt. 1501, Toronto. 
India— Rev. Charles D. Donald, 155 Navy St., Apt. 1004, Oakville. 
Iowa — William S. Thomson, 1329 Cumnock Cres., Oakville. 
Kansas — Allan A. Leal, 2297 Parkwood Ave., Windsor. 
Maine — Lome E. Vaughan, 315 Bleecker Ave., Belleville. 
Massachusetts — Dr. Fraser Hay, 165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel, 

NOG 3A0 
Maryland — Leo J. Gent, Box 78, 21 Catherine St. E., Dorchester, 

NOL 1G0. 
Michigan— Fred W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto, 

6M6 2S9. 
Mississippi — H. T. C. Humphries, 53 Clegg St., Ottawa. 
Montana — David Harcus, R.R. 1, Perkinsfield. 
Netherlands — Maarten A. van Wamelen, 1177 Bloor St. E., Apt. 206, 

Mississauga, L4Y 2N9. 
New Brunswick — Dr. George E. Turner, 2281 Victoria Ave., Windsor. 
New Jersey— G. Harold Shannon, 30 Spetz St., Kitchener, N2H 1K1. 
New York — Hallette C. Banks, 1749 Parkhurst Ave., London. 
North Carolina — W. Leslie Davies, 711 Cleremont Ave., London 
North Dakota — William H. Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston. 
Nova Scotia — Leslie C. Ewener, 961 Toro St., Sarnia. 
Pennsylvania — John L. House, 14 Pearson Ave., Toronto. 
Quebec — Charles W. Emmett, 27 Colwood Rd., Islington. 
Saskatchewan — James E. Girven, 581 Weller St., Peterborough. 

K9H 2N9. 



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Scotland — James Turnbull, 377 O'Connor Dr., Toronto. 
South Carolina — Robert H. Seymour, 3 Third Ave., Kingston. 
South Dakota — Frederick C. Conley, 4 Houghton Blvd., Markham. 
Switzerland— L. B. Morrison, 1222 York Mills Rd., Apt. 306, Don Mills. 
Texas— Fred Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton. 
Victoria — Harold Foote, 62 Dunning Ave., Aurora. 
Virginia — John J. Carpenter, 15 Cornelia St., Smiths Falls. 
Wisconsin — Dr. S. Perlman, 11 Shallmar, Toronto. 
Wyoming — Ernest C. Price, 65 Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., thanked our Grand Represen- 
tatives for work done. He felt that, through their efforts, they brought 
closer fraternal relations with our Sister Jurisdictions. Their corres- 
pondence with our corresponding representative in the Sister Jurisdic- 
tion, as well as visits they might make, would be a benefit to the whole 
Order. It would bring about a closer world union for which we strive, 
and a move toward Peace on Earth. 

GRAND Z's. ADDRESS 

To the Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 

Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
My Companions: 

"Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell to- 
gether in unity." 

It is my proud but humble privilege and honour to welcome you to 
this your 115th Convocation of your Grand Chapter. May the Great 
Jehovah guide us and foster our united efforts that our Order may ever 
progress in its brotherhood of service. 

Today as never before human life is not such a simple affair that 
man can live it alone. ALL men need assistance; hence, we as Free 
Masons are banded together to render mutual aid and support. We 
speak of the bond which holds us together as Freemasons, as the mystic 
tie. 

Brotherly love is a task, a kingly task — quite the greatest, the 
most important inside the whole compass of life. Just as a man must 
be in right relation with the food he eats in order to maintain health, 
so must he likewise be in right relation with his fellow men if he would 
live in happiness. 

Joseph Fort Newton described when a man is a mason in words that 
read somewhat as follows: "When he can look out over the rivers, the 
hills, and the far horizon with a sense of his own littleness in the vast 
scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope and courage which is the 
root of every virtue. 

When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as 
vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, 
to forgive and to love his fellowman. When he knows how to sympa- 
thize with men in their sorrow, yea, even in their sins, knowing that 
each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned 
how to make friends and to keep them, and above all, to keep friends 
with himself . . . when he can be happy and high minded amid the 
meaner drudgeries of life . . . when no voice of distress reaches his ears 
in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response . . . when he knows 
how to pray, how to love, how to hope . . . when he has kept faith with 
himself, with his fellowman and with his God. In his hand a sword for 
evil, in his heart a bit of a song . . . glad to live, but not afraid to die. 
Such a man has found the only real secret of Freemasonry and the one 
which it is trying to give all the world." 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

My companions when you and I convince the public we are that 
kind of masonic person, men will flock to join not only Royal Arch 
Masonry but also the craft lodge whose healthy growth is so necessary 
for our survival. 

I have been somewhat shocked during my service as your Grand 
First Principal that the public has so little knowledge of our Masonic 
Order and refer to the Order as a secret society. Please try to convey 
to our fellowmen, and to our loved ones that the truths and principles 
of Freemasonry are not secret, but only its signs, grips, tokens, ballots 
and ceremonies; not the meaning of the ceremonies, but the detail of 
the rites. 

With the exception of these particulars Freemasonry has no reserva- 
tion from the public. The fact that we have not been the mason hereto 
described and that we have kept from the public and yea from our very 
own families the truths and principles of Freemasonry has no doubt 
contributed much to the loss of 6,000 members in the last 50 years, 
during a period when the population of our Grand Jurisdiction increased 
by many fold. 

And my Companions we must also face the fact that had every 
member been the kind of mason heretofore described, would our country 
not have been a much better place in which to live ? 

I suggest we, here, and now, re-dedicate ourselves to be the kind 
of mason and men we ought to be that not only the brotherhood of 
masonry will progress, but that the complete brotherhood amongst men 
of our nation and this world will flourish to make this world not only a 
better place to live but a world where peace shall exist. Masonry, my 
Companions, can do just that. 

Distinguished guests from our Sister Jurisdictions, please accept 
our warmest greetings. You bring to our Convocation the enthusiastic 
warmth of brotherhood and encouragement in our Order that goes to 
the very purpose of our existence. We are thrilled to share this occa- 
sion with you, and we trust that your sojourn with us will be not only a 
memorable event in your life but that our Convocation and our part of 
Canada will impress upon your minds a desire to return again and again. 

Our craft lodge has for almost two years experienced an unusual 
and dedicated leadership under the capable and guiding hand of our 
Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother and Very Excellent Companion 
William K. Bailey, who is represented here by Most Worshipful Brother 
and Right Excellent Companion Harry L. Martyn, a past Grand Master 
of our Grand Lodge. 

During the past year it was my privilege to meet with Most Wor- 
shipful Brother William K. Bailey to discuss with him matters of mutual 
concern and interest. Most Worshipful Brother Bailey and I have 
agreed to continue these meetings for the mutual benefit of both- the 
craft and capitulary masonry. I hope that these meetings and discus- 
sions will continue from year to year because by such meetings and 
discussions we cannot help but make progress. 

It was also my great thrill to receive into Hiawatha Chapter No. 
252, Sarnia, Ontario, on the event of the 25th Anniversary of the Inter- 
national Day of said Hiawatha Chapter No. 252 and Port Huron Chapter 
No. 27 our Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother and Very Excellent 
Companion William Kirk Bailey. This is the first time that any Grand 
Master has ever attended this International Day celebration. Nearly 
400 Royal Arch Masons and their wives from Canada and the United 
States attended that event. 

Most Worshipful Brother and Right Excellent Companion Harry 
Martyn, we welcome you. We are happy to have you with us. Would 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 25 

you please take back to your Grand Master our pledge of loyalty and 
inform him that his inspired leadership, his mutual understanding and 
his thorough knowledge of modern man is lifting our whole Order to 
such a greater service of brotherhood to mankind that the achievements 
in our ancient and honourable institution will be unlimited. 

Most Worshipful Brother and Very Excellent Companion Jack 
Irvine, our able, distinguished and diplomatic Grand Secretary, welcome 
to our Convocation. I trust your visit will be pleasant. 

We are delighted to welcome representatives from the ancient and 
accepted Scottish Rite, the Masonic and Military Order of the Knights 
of the Red Cross of Constantine, the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, 
Knights Templar, the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master of the 
Cryptic Rite and the Order of High Priesthood. Your very presence 
shows not only the great regard and affection we hold for each of our 
Orders but also the great bond of friendship and brotherhood that exists 
between and amongst our fraternities. May we all ever be mindful of 
what a mason is and that the Great Jehovah is not only ever mindful of 
our needs, but is ever watching over us and will weigh in the balance 
of truth all our thoughts, words and actions. 

IN MEMORIAM 

Longfellow said "there is no death: what seems so is transition". 
Carlyle said, "Life is a little gleam of time between two eternities" and 
Hans Christian Anderson spoke these words, "Every Man's Life is a 
fairy tale written by God's fingers". Many of our companions have 
experienced that gleam of time, the fingers of God has written the 
fairy tale, and the transition to the Great Jehovah has been completed. 
Amongst these great companions who experienced that transition on 
November 13th, 1972, was Most Excellent Companion Major Maurice 
A. Searle who was a great mason and a great man who had dedicated 
his life to the service of mankind, not only to masons but to those men 
who served Canada. I stand here today as your Grand First Principal 
because of Most Excellent Companion Maurice A. Searle. 

In sympathy, our hearts are joined in acknowledgement of sacred 
ties now severed and of memories tenderly cherished. 

In faith we state our firm assurance "that if our earthly house of 
this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not 
made with hands, eternal in the heavens." 

To those of us who remain, let us remember that "Life is real, and 
is earnest, and it is full of duties to be performed. It is the beginning 
of our immortality." 

Our Companions have carried their light 
To brighten some heavenly hall, 
Dropping their cares and bowing their heads, 
They have answered the Master's call. 
The flames of their lives will continue to shine 
Reflecting their kindness and love, 
In our memory they live, though they have gone on 
To light the Grand Chapter above. 
God takes the brightest of earth's little candles 
To shine on as stars through the night, 
Thus, we know our Companions are helping the Master, 
Though they have slipped from our earthly sight. 
Our Chaplain will at the proper time lead our Convocation in 
memorial service. 



26 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

FRATERNAL DEAD— 1972 

To our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, The British 

Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America, we 

extend sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished Com- 
panions : 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF ALBERTA 

Frederick John Hand 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF ARIZONA 

John C. Walton 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF BRITISH 
COLUMBIA 

Kilburn King Reid 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF COLORADO 

Norman F. Tripp 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF GERMANY 

Peter Marius Rasmussen 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF GEORGIA 

Newman Newton Johnson, N. Theodore Pirkle, Dr. Jack Guy 

Standifer, Joseph Alfred Moore, Sr. 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF INDIANA 

Joseph Earl Brown 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF LOUISIANA 

Claude J. Hale, Lloyd Grady Wilder 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MANITOBA 

Walter Dalzell 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MARYLAND 

Robert Denneth Coulby, Grover Lee Michael. 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF 

MASSACHUSETTS 

William Foster Clark 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MINNESOTA 

Rhys G. Humphreys, Edwin A. Martini, Howard Charles Dressel, 

Ezra M. Thomasberg, Knud C. Nielsen 
THE GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF NEVADA 

Donald Ferguson 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF OHIO 

E. Ray Jenkins, James Allison Gorham 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF TENNESSEE 

Lyman Lyons Worrell 
GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF TEXAS 

Joe X. Newcomb 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF VIRGINIA 

Daniel Paul Sigourney 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WASHINGTON 

Cassius Merlin Crowe, Walter Harrison Steffey 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WEST VIRGINIA 

Nelson S. Orkney 
GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WISCONSIN 

Clarence Emil Anderson 

Of these Companions who answered the call to Higher Service, the 
following held Grand Chapter Rank: 
Chapter 
No. 

6 V. Ex. Comp. S. Joseph Hall Quiney 

7 R. Ex. Comp. Harold Cecil McElrath 
27 V. Ex. Comp. Gordon E. Munro 

29 V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Henry Jones 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 27 

34 R. Ex. Comp. Harry Edward McCullough 

44 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. O. Coates 

61 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. James Ingram 

102 R. Ex. Comp. Richard Wallace King 

114 V. Ex. Comp. Henry Wm. Mayhew 

119 R. Ex. Comp. Edward H. Brennan 

138 V. Ex. Comp. Donald J. Gunn 

140 R. Ex. Comp. Robert Jamieson 

143 R. Ex. Comp. Colin B. McDermid 

144 V. Ex. Comp. Edward J. Solomon 

145 R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Chester Johnston 
153 V. Ex. Comp. Alexander Bruce 

222 R. Ex. Comp. John Sinclair 

225 M. Ex. Comp. Maurice Searle 

235 V. Ex. Comp. Albert Charles Welk 



GRAND CONVOCATION 

We offer our sincere thanks and the thanks of this Convocation to 
the Principals' Association of Toronto, Districts 8 and 8A, for their kind 
invitation to hold our Convocation in this Metropolitan City of Toronto. 

The organization of this Convention required the untiring efforts and 
much time of dedicated companions. This committee, most ably chaired 
by Right Excellent Companion Maarten Van Wamelen laid a masterly 
plan which has and will work without a flaw. I express to this com- 
mittee the thanks of every companion of this Grand Jurisdiction, the 
Grand Executive, the Advisory Council and the Grand Council. 



VISITATIONS 

It has been an honour and a privilege as your Grand First Principal 
to represent the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
at many International and National Convocations. It was a rare ex- 
perience to bring your greetings to these Grand Jurisdictions. You 
should know that your Grand Chapter is most respected and admired, 
not only throughout the length and breadth of Canada but in every 
Grand Jurisdiction of the United States and Europe. All I met expressed 
a desire to visit this Grand Jurisdiction. May it continue to ever be so. 
It has not been possible for me to visit all our districts and chapters. 
I have visited chapters from Dryden in the Algoma District in the north 
to Kingston in the east. However, where I found areas needing special 
assistance, I did appoint committees to assist the Grand Superintendents 
in the districts but only after I had discussed the problems with the 
Grand Superintendent in that district, either personally or by corres- 
pondence. This has worked especially well in Wilson district No. 3 
where Right Excellent Companion Hallett Banks was appointed to chair 
a committee of assistance to Right Excellent Companion J. Henry 
Johnston, the Grand Superintendent. The response of the companions 
of Wilson district has been most rewarding. Three Chapters were 
assisted. I predict that Wilson district will show a substantial increase 
in membership and a great increase and improvement in Chapter activi- 
ties by our next Grand Convocation. 

I shall not list my visits to individual Chapters in this Grand 
Jurisdiction, except where there was a very special occasion. 



28 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

ANNIVERSARIES 

June 3rd — The 175th Anniversary of Kingston and Cataraqui 
Chapter where I was made an Honourary Member of this Chapter with 
full privileges. I shall always be grateful and shall cherish this mem- 
bership. 

Oct. 28th — Attended the Centennial Anniversary of Bruce Chapter 
No. 53 at Petrolia. Both the Chapter room and banquet hall were filled 
to capacity. 

March 9th, 10th, 11th — Attended International Day at Hiawatha 
Chapter No. 252, Sarnia. I was made an Honourary Member of this Chap- 
ter with full privileges. 

DEDICATIONS 

June 2nd — Attended the dedication of Kitchener Chapter No. 117 
at Kitchener^Waterloo, Ontario. Companions from the length and 
breadth of this Grand Jurisdiction attended this dedication. All active 
Grand Chapter Officers but two attended this dedication and over 80 
past and present Grand Chapter Officers attended to participate in the 
opening of Grand Chapter and the dedication of this most beautiful 
Temple. 

VISITS TO GRAND JURISDICTIONS 

May 5th and 6th — The Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia with juris- 
diction over Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland at the city of 
Halifax. 

May 9th and 10th — The Grand Chapter of Maryland at Baltimore. 

May 12th and 13th — The Grand Chapter of New Hampshire at Con- 
cord. 

June 15th, 16th, 17th— The Grand Chapter of British Columbia at 
Penticton. 

July 18th, 19th, 20th— The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario at Toronto. 

Oct. 3rd, 4th, 5th— The 156th Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Ohio at Columbus. 

Oct. 5th, 6th— The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of West 
Virginia at Huntington. 

Oct. 19th, 20th., 21st— The 125th Convocation of the Grand Chapter 
of Michigan a Dearborn. 

Dec. 7th, 8th— The Grand Chapter of Grand Holy Royal Arch 
Chapter of Pennsylvania held in the very exquisite Masonic Temple in 
Philadelphia. 

Feb. 28th, March 1st— The Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
New York at Albany. 

March 2nd, 3rd — The Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the 
District of Columbia at Washington. 

It was my privilege and honour to be the guest speaker at the noon 
luncheon of the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia. At the conclusion of 
their Grand Chapter, I was presented with the Joseph Brown Conway 
Medallion, being only the fourth in Ontario to be awarded this honour. 

As a tribute to our Grand Jurisdiction, I was requested to address 
the various Convocations, and in several was the only visiting Grand 
First Principal to be asked to address the Convocation. I was made an 
Honourary Member of the Grand Chapter of Michigan and an Honourary 
Past Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of British Columbia. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 29 

INSTALLATION AND INVESTITURE 

We learned with regret of the sudden passing of Right Excellent 
Companion Frank Arthur Smith, Grand Superintendent of Algoma 
District No. 14, on May 31st, 1972. I instructed that a meeting of the 
Principals and Past Principals of that district be called for the election 
of a Grand Superintendent. Excellent Companion C. L. (Pat) Collins 
was their unanimous choice. Mrs. Gent and I flew to Dryden, Ontario 
with a number of Grand Chapter Officers and their wives where these 
Grand Chapter Officers assisted by the Grand Chapter Officers present 
and past of Algoma District installed and invested Right Excellent 
Companion C. L. (Pat) Collins on September 22nd, 1972. This Installa- 
tion and Investure was followed by the first Ladies' Night ever held in 
Dryden. On Sunday, September 23rd, all Royal Arch Masons taking 
part in the Saturday ceremonies attended the Church Service with 
Right Excellent Companion and Mrs. C. L. (Pat) Collins. 



PRESENTATION OF JEWELS 

60 Year R.A.M. Bar 

No. Chapter 

1 Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui — Comp. W. P. Cusick. 

15 Wawanosh — Ex. Comp. J. F. Newton, Comp. W. J. Carson. 

25 St. Mark's— Comp. 0. Alyea. 

28 Pentalpha — Comp. J. H. Beaton. 

30 Huron— R. Ex. Comp. H. B. M. Tichborne, R. Ex. Comp. H. Hill. 

Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason (54 received this Jewel) 

No. Chapter 

1 Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui — Comp. F. G. Babcock, Comp. E. 
Bearance, Comp. T. G. Bishop, Comp. J. W. C. Broom, Comp. M. C. 
Davey, Comp. E. T. Dennison, Comp. C. E. Leishman, Ex. Comp. 
J. C. Mcllqhan, Comp. W. J. McKee, Comp. G. H. Veale, Comp. 
T. J. Walsh. 

4 St. Andrew & St. John — Comp. T. Dale, Comp. H. B. Carnaham. 

5 St. George's— Ex. Comp. H. F. Hill, Comp. C. W. Cryderman. 

6 St. John's, Hamilton — V. Ex. Comp. I. A. Lee. 
8 King Solomon's — Comp. H. Verncombe. 

15 Wawanosh — Comp. R. Collum, R. Ex. Comp. R. E. Strain, Comp. 

W. M. Campbell, Comp. A. Rose. 
22 Grenville— Comp. P. Buswell. 
24 Tecumseh — Comp. A. C. Werner, Comp. W. G. Murr, Comp. R. W. 

Davis. 
27 Manitou — Comp. E. D. Smith, Comp. D. B. Jones, Comp. R. J. 

Storey, R. Ex. Comp. H. A. McGowan. 
30 Huron — Comp. H. A. Bogie, Comp. W. F. Saunders. 

35 Keystone, Whitby— Comp. S. W. Walker. 

36 Corinthian — Ex. Comp. R. Bestard, Comp. B. E. Marshall. 

40 Guelph— Comp. T. Ramsey, Comp. P. G. Welford, V. Ex. Comp. 

L. I. Smith. 
47 Wellington — Ex. Comp. J. N. McDonald. 

71 Prince of Wales, Essex — Comp. H. Richardson. 

72 Keystone, Stirling — Ex. Comp. R. A. Patterson. 

73 Erie — Comp. J. R. MacPherson, Comp. J. B. Spence, Comp. J. F. 
West, Ex. Comp. R. J. Spence. 

74 Beaver, Strathroy — Comp. W. Rogers. 
76 Mount Nebo— Ex. Comp. L. T. Couch. 



30 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

77 Occident — Comp. T. Carnochan, Comp. A. A. Daniels, V. Ex. Comp. 
J. E. Jenkins. 

82 Shuniah — Comp. P. Summers. 

95 Tuscan — Comp. M. 0. Wilson. 

103 St. John's, North Bay— R. Ex. Comp. J. Milligan. 
138 Shekinah — Comp. S. J. Ashdown. 
140 Fort William— V. Ex. Comp. W. F. Shapton, V. Ex. Comp. W. T. 

Biggar, Comp. W. R. Cunningham. 
144 Presqu'ile — Comp. A. Dunnett, Comp. A. Halliday. 
147 Lucknow — Comp. A. Hughes, 

151 Laurentian — R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey. 

152 Alberton— Comp. T. J. Code. 

167 Kichikewana — Comp. J. R. Stewart, V. Ex. Comp. B. J. Brownell. 
213 Northern Lights— R. Ex. Comp. J. Ralph, Comp. G. F. Bailey, 

Comp. W. M. Widdifield, Comp. T. A. Skelly, Comp. C. R. Sellar. 
215 Mimico — Comp. E. J. Corbett. 
220 Lebanon, Etobicoke— R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Carr, V. Ex. Comp. W. 

M. Creech, Comp. G. Silverthorn. 

226 Prince of Wales, Perth— Comp. R. H. Camble. 

227 Quinte Friendship— Comp. C. R. Churchill. 

233 Oakwood— Comp. R. A. Balckmore, Comp. D. M. Mitchell. 

234 Halton— V. Ex. Comp, E. L. Arnold. 

235 Aurora— V. Ex. Comp. J. H. Knowles, R. Ex. Comp. R. H. B. 
Cook, Ex. Comp. S. Davies, R. Ex. Comp. F. D. Lacey, Comp. R. 
Burns. 

239 Blenheim — Comp. D. A. Henderson. 

241 University — V. Ex. Comp. A. A. Kinghorn, Ex. Comp. F. R. 

Lorriman. 
243 McKay— R. Ex. Comp. L. F. McDougall, R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Lee. 
245 Preston— R. Ex. Comp. G. V. Hilborn. 

For 25 Years Installed First Principal 

No. Chapter 

1 Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui — Ex. Comp. R. G. Allan. 

6 St. John's, Hamilton — V. Ex/Comp. L. W. McConnachie. 

7 The Moira— Ex. Comp. F. S. Follwell. 
15 Wananosh— V. Ex. Comp. E. L. Treitz. 
18 Oxford— V. Ex. Comp. A. A. House. 

22 Grenville — Ex. Comp. W. R. Brown, Ex. Comp. Dr. R. P. Walker, 

Ex. Comp. C. R. Van Camp. 
24 Tecumseh — Ex. Comp. G. Emsley. 

30 Huron— Ex. Comp. J. Watson, Ex. Comp. J. W. G. Watson. 

31 Prince Edward— Ex. Comp. H. DeMille. 

36 Corinthian — R. Ex. Comp. E. W. Edmondson. 

41 Harris— Ex. Comp. H. E. Longfield, R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Webber, 

Ex. Comp. E. W. Wright. 
44 Mount Sinai, Napanee — Ex. Comp. C. F. Young. 
47 Wellington— Ex. Comp. W. C. Lewies, Ex. Comp. J. B. McKer- 

racher, Ex. Comp. J. M. Reid. 
54 Palestine, St. Thomas— V. Ex. Comp. J. Wallace. 
59 Sussex-St. Lawrence — R. Ex. Comp. T. Young, Ex. Comp. H. Acton, 

V. Ex. Comp. H. M. McKenney. 
62 York— R. Ex. Comp. C. W. Platten. 
64 Wilson— Ex. Comp. J. A. Noble, 
69 Grimsby— Ex. Comp. L. O. Hysert. 

71 Prince of Wales, Essex — Ex. Comp. G. A. Bennett, Ex. Comp. Dr. 
E. D. Hutchinson, R. Ex. Comp. G. L. Mickle. 

72 Keystone, Stirling — Ex. Comp. F. Armstrong. 

73 Erie— Ex. Comp. G. C. Craven. 



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74 Beaver, Strathroy— Ex. Comp. T. J. Kersey, V. Ex. Comp. R. 

Ostergood. 

82 Shuniah— V. Ex. Comp. D. R. C. Langtree. 

88 MacNabb— Ex. Comp. W. E. Hopper. 

94 Midland— R. Ex. Comp. W. C. Blackwell. 

95 Tuscan— R. Ex. Comp. E. T. Tuerney. 
102 Algonquin— V. Ex. Comp. W. M. Sheills. 
114 Bonnechere — Ex. Comp. H. Skinner. 

117 Kitchener — M. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon. 

119 King Cyrus— Ex. Comp. W. F. Getty. 

129 Elliott— Ex. Comp. N. W. Stacey, R. Ex. Comp. L. Edighoffer. 

135 Succoth— Ex. Comp. G. C Greig. 

147 Lucknow— V. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. E. Little. 

151 Laurentian — Ex. Comp. A. A. Leach. 

155 Ancaster — V. Ex. Comp. G. Allison, R. Ex. Comp. A. S. Martin. 

184 Hugh Murray — V. Ex. Comp. W. Rostron. 

205 Victoria, Thornhill— Ex. Comp. L. R. Marwood. 

213 Northern Lights— Ex. Comp. H. W. Brown. 

214 Vimy— V. Ex. Comp. B. A. Russell. 
217 St. Alban's— Ex. Comp. S. Morris. 
219 Ulster— V. Ex. Comp. D. S. McLachlan. 

227 Quinte Friendship — Ex. Comp. H. J. Pigden. 

234 Halton— Ex. Comp. W. Cleave, Ex. Comp. F. Carney. 

242 St. Paul's, Lambeth — Ex. Comp. G. Hotham. 

240 Palestine, Bowmanville — Ex. Comp. A. W. G. Northcutt. 

50 Year Past Principal Bar 

No. Chapter 
40 Guelph— V. Ex. Comp. W. W. Swindell. 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 

No. Chapter 
16 Carleton— Comp. W. S. Gilmour. 

DISPENSATIONS— 1973 

Dispensations were issued as follows: 

Emergent Convocation 2 

Change of Night on Installation 3 

Joint Installation 13 

Change of Night 77 

Early Opening 14 

Change of Night of Election 2 

Dispense With Convocation 23 

To Instal 3rd Principal as Z 6 

To Hold Craft Night 3 

To Accept Candidate in Wheelchair 1 

Ladies' Night 11 

Christmas Party 1 

International Visit 9 

To Install P.S. as H 3 

Emergent Convocation for H.R.A 1 

50th Anniversary 2 

Change of Location of Convocation 1 

Visit of Another Jurisdiction 2 

Change of Z. in Mid-year 1 

To Join a Chapter in Another District 2 

To Appoint Veilsmen 1 



32 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

BY-LAWS 

The following Chapters requested changes in their By-laws: 

Chapter No. Chapter No. 

King Solomon's 8 The St. Patrick 145 

Manitou 27 Atwood 149 

Pentalpha 28 Ancaster 155 

Harris 41 Mimico 215 

Sussex 59 Beaver 225 

Granite 61 Quinte Friendship 227 

Maitland 68 Port Credit 230 

Grimsby 69 Halton 234 

Orient 79 University 241 

Ark 80 McKay 243 

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St. Francis 133 Espanola 257 

King Darius • 134 Quetico 259 

BY-LAW AMENDMENTS APPROVED 

To Most Excellent Companion G. Harold Shannon, Q.C., our thanks 
and appreciation for the thorough and masterly service rendered our 
Grand Chapter in so professionally and expertly reviewing and recom- 
mending for approval the new By-laws and Amendments to By-laws 
submitted for approval. May he be returned to health and long be able 
to carry on this task. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

Recommendations from the Grand High Priest of Sister Grand 
Jurisdictions that the various distinguished masons listed hereunder be 
our Grand Representatives near their respective Grand Chapters have 
been graciously received; and we are pleased to issue commissions to: 
Grand Chapter of New Brunswick Ex. Comp. Allen Edison Stairs 

Grand Chapter of Idaho M. Ex. Comp. John M. Parker 

Grand Chapter of Missouri Ex. Comp. Darrell W. Cross 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES NEAR OUR GRAND CHAPTER 

I have been privileged to recommend our following dedicated and 
distinguished companions as our representatives near the Grand Chapter 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario to the following Grand Chapters. 
These recommendations have been approved by the Grand Chapters 
involved: 

Grand Chapter of New York R. Ex. Comp. Hallett C. Banks 

Grand Chapter of Indiana V. Ex. Comp. David Sturch 

Grand Chapter of Idaho R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey 

COMMISSIONS 

During the past year vacancies have occurred in the office of our 
representatives near the Grand Body in Sister Jurisdictions and the 
representatives of Sister Jurisdictions near our Grand Body. 

On the recommendations received from the Grand High Priests 
concerned, we have sent Commissions as recommended to us to: 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 33 

1. New Brunswick — Ex. Comp. Allen Edison Stairs. 

2. Idaho— M. Ex. Comp. John M. Parker, Kellogg, Ida, 83837. 

3. Missouri — Ex. Comp. Darrell W. Cross, 9525 Parkwood, Kansas 
City, Missouri, 64137. 

To fill vacancies in our offices of Grand Representatives, we have 
recommended for the consideration of the Grand High Priest of the 
Jurisdictions concerned the following: 

1. Kansas — R. Ex. Comp. Allan A. Leal. 

2. New York— R. Ex. Comp. Hallett C. Banks. 

3. Indiana — V. Ex. Comp. David Sturch. 

4. Idaho — R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey. 

5. Argentina — R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule. 

We trust that these, our worthy Companions, will be most accept- 
able to them. When their Commissions arrive, they will be presented 
on a suitable occasion. 

ROYAL ARCH WELFARE COMMITTEE OF 
TORONTO DISTRICTS 8 & 8A 

This Committee practising the true spirit of Masonry, leads in its 
efforts to bring hope and comradeship to those who are confined to 
hospital or shut in at home. 

It is my privilege to pay tribute to all members of this Committee 
and to those members of the Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai Chapter 
No. 212, who by their work with the Mentally Retarded Children, are a 
great encouragement to those who have accepted the responsibility of 
caring for the retarded group. These well managed projects are not 
only a source of inspiration to the companions of capitular masonry 
and the Masonic Order as a whole but displays to those outside the 
Order the concern our Order has for the welfare of mankind. 

Every Chapter in this Grand Jurisdiction should have at least a 
Welfare Committee that is charged with the care and concern of those 
companions and their families confined to hospital and their home. 

SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARY FUND 

The dedication, the enthusiasm and the zeal with which the Late 
Most Excellent Companion Maurice A. Searle organized and put into 
existence, this project has been unsurpassed in our Order. Our present 
Chairman Right Excellent Companion Aube Weisman is no less dedi- 
cated, and he and his Committee have performed and carried on a 
masterful program. 

This program gives to the worthwhile young companion and/or 
the child of a companion the needed additional encouragement to achieve 
the educational goal that might not be achieved without that help. Just 
remember the donation you give to this cause may help to complete 
the education of a doctor, a dentist, etc., who might someday be the one 
to administer to you your needed medical attention, or even the one who 
may save your life. 

My companions the future of this Committee and its service to our 
cause, like every other one of your Committees is in your hands. Do 
we prove to our companions in need and the children of our less fortunate 
companions that we have the quality and consideration for others that 
will enable these young men and women to more productive lives to 
serve our great society? 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Notwithstanding that your 1972 donations to this fund were down 
$525.00 from the previous year, 28 awards were made. Since the be- 
ginning of this Committee, 140 applications were received and 12 awards 
have been made to 60 male and 52 female applicants. 

MASONIC INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

Our great master of planning and detail Right Excellent Companion 
Maarten van Wamelen, has built upon the great foundation of his pre- 
decessors a course in Masonic Education and Instruction second to none. 

The Instruction this Committee has given to our Grand Superin- 
tendents and those who have attended the lectures and seminars have 
been well prepared for the duties they were taught to perform. If they 
did not go back to their district and improve Masonic Instructions, it 
was certainly not the fault of this Committee. 

In each district Masonic and Instruction Committees are appointed 
to design and formulate plans, through and with the cooperation of the 
Grand Superintendent in each district. This district committee and 
the Grand Superintendent must work together to achieve the success 
required. You have elected your Grand Superintendent and the Masonic 
District Instruction or Education Committee has been appointed to 
assist you. Make good use of both by asking for their help. If you 
cannot obtain from that Committee the help you require do not 
hesitate to write to the General Chairman or the Grand Scribe E. — in 
other words, if the companions of your Chapter need help, obtain it, 
that is your duty. 

COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP 

Right Excellent Companion Aube Weisman brought to my attention 
the need of our Order for such a Committee. At my request he agreed 
to chair such a Committee; terms of reference were agreed upon, in- 
cluding the necessity of the closest cooperation with the Masonic Instruc- 
tion Committee and the Committee for the Study of assistance to Chap- 
ters. Right Excellent Companion Aube Weisman with the assistance of 
Right Excellent Companion Maarten van Wamelen, has organized and 
put into operation a program to encourage membership. To achieve this, 
he has carried on extensive correspondence with our constituent Chap- 
ters and he has travelled widely. At all times he has kept your Grand 
First Principal advised of his program and his progress. Although this 
Committee has operated for less than nine months, it is already making 
progress and much success should be achieved by our 1974 Convocation. 

COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF ASSISTANCE TO CHAPTERS 

The future must be planned and the only way that we can plan 
that future is to know thoroughly the structure on which we must build 
and then plan a program that will be rewarding, satisfying and enticing 
to the present and future members of our Order and their families. We 
are fortunate in having in our membership not only a great mason but 
a great man amongst men in the person of Most Excellent Companion 
James E. Girven. Most Excellent Companion Girven has brought to 
our Order that ability to plan the assistance needed by an constituent 
chapter requiring assistance. Already Chapters in this Grand Jurisdic- 
tion have received that assistance, and within six months seemed com- 
pletely revived, and were receiving applications from candidates for the 
first time in some years. Companions were coming back to Chapter 
and still others were seeking re-affiliation and even those suspended 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 35 

were seeking to be re-instated. 

This great Mason and his Committee have found ways and means 
to help us re-create the interest in the Royal Craft, and yet permit us 
to retain unchanged the principles of brotherhood of our Ancient and 
Honourable Institution. The recommendations proposed and put into 
action by this Committee and other Committees are commencing to bring 
our Order up to the standard in this era that is so necessary to enable it 
to give to our Companions the guidance needed. 

COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF THE WORK 

Most Excellent Companion Charles Emmett, whose everyday life 
takes him continuously across the length and breadth of this continent, 
has successfully and energetically headed this Committee on the work. 
He and his Committee have worked long hours to perfect the "work" 
to make it more serviceable to our Order. Their diligent research and 
drafting may be completed in sufficient time to submit a draft to this 
Convocation. 

The aim of this Committee has been a determination to bring out 
a ritual that will not only give each candidate a memorial impression, 
but will each time give every Companion attending the Chapter a feeling 
of participating in a ceremony worthwhile. In order that our work will 
achieve that aim, we must also open our Chapters on time, do our busi- 
ness in an efficient and business like manner, set the Chapter up for the 
degree promptly and properly, examine and prepare candidates with the 
least delay, and then carry out the degrees with the dignity necessary to 
impress the candidate and hold the interest of the members. In conclusion, 
if Masonry is to satisfy man, it must be impressive and it must be 
enjoyable. 

CONSTITUTION REVIEW COMMITTEE 

Most Excellent Companion G. Harold Shannon, Q.C., and his able 
Committee completed the re-draft of this Constitution and the Con- 
stitution will be submitted to this Convocation for your approval. Since 
our old Constitution is almost out of print, it is rather imperative 
that this Constitution be approved by this Convocation in order that it 
may be printed for distribution by late 1973 or early 1974. I know the 
great amount of time and the service given by Most Excellent Companion 
Shannon to this task, took from his practice. On behalf of this Grand 
Chapter and I personally thank Most Excellent Companion Shannon 
for the time and the service he has given. 

COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRIBUTION AND USE 

OF THE RITUAL 

Complaints have been received by the Grand Scribe E. on our policy 
governing the distribution of rituals. Our Grand Scribe E., acting on 
the strict instruction of this Grand Chapter, followed our policy. 
Both he and the Grand Chapter Officers were criticized. With this 
question in mind that our policy might not be in tune with present day 
requirements, and to give the Grand Executive and this Convocation a 
chance to discuss, determine and recommend a satisfactory policy 
to this Grand Convocation, I appointed Right Excellent Companion Fred 
Scott as Chairman and other capable experienced Grand Chapter Officers 
as a Committee to inquire into the present practice of the distribution 
and use of rituals and to recommend a practical policy to this Convoca- 
tion. 



36 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

COMMITTEE ON BRIDGING THE YOUTH GAP 

Most Excellent Companion Fred W. D. Welham and his capable Com- 
mittee undertook this momentous task. I know Most Excellent Com- 
panion Welham has travelled extensively in his study of this problem, 
but to date I have not had the privilege of reading his report. Our 
youth are the future of this Order, and if there is a gap, that gap must 
be bridged. 

THE COMMITTEE ON DEDICATIONS AND PROCEDURES TO BE 

FOLLOWED AT ANNIVERSARY AND CHURCH SERVICES 

Most Excellent Companion Fred W. D. Welham and his Committee 
prepared detailed instructions of procedures to be followed. Early in 
the year these were mailed out to every Scribe E. Notwithstanding, 
the existence and the receipt by every Scribe E. of these instructions, 
many Chapters did not have these instructions at hand to use and did 
not follow the procedures laid down at Chapter and district functions. 
Apparently, the Scribe E. did not pass these instructions on to the First 
Principal and the Director of Ceremonies, hence in some instances, the 
work distributed by Most Excellent Companion Welham went unused. 

MEMBERSHIP 

Our Membership continues to decrease in number. Our membership 
is now almost 6,000 less than in 1922 notwithstanding that the popula- 
tion during 51 years has increased many times. We must do all in our 
power to make our constituent Chapters so attractive and so enjoyable 
and so much fun that demits and suspensions will cease and brethren 
will seek membership in the Order. One Chapter in Western Ontario 
has achieved that goal. Since January 1st, 1973, it has had twenty-four 
applications. 

FINANCES 

Right Excellent Companion John Richardson brought to this office 
a wealth of financial knowledge which he has put to work for our benefit. 
During his service as Grand Treasurer, the duplicate set of books has 
been dispensed with, and only one set of Grand Chapter account books 
are now kept. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE 

This Committee under the Chairmanship of Right Excellent Com- 
panion Ed Marshall of Hamilton District has revived our "Keystone". 
An edition should be distributed to the Scribe E. of our constituent 
Chapters before we meet at this Convocation. It is my intention to 
request Right Excellent Companion Oliver Flint of Guelph, a retired 
High School History Teacher, to become editor of the "Keystone" for 
the coming year. 

Proper public relations is necessary to keep the public appraised 
of our activities. This Committee has the know how; thus when plan- 
ning a Masonic event, request the services of Right Excellent Companion 
Marshall and his Committee. Not only will they assist with your 
publicity but they will work with the other Committees involved. 

Available communication between the Districts and the Public Rela- 
tions Committee is necessary; and to serve this end, I am requesting that 
the Grand Superintendents-elect forward a monthly letter to the editor, 
informing him of Masonic events occurring in his district. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 37 

FAR NORTHERN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 

In view of the fact that the problems of the Chapters in the North 
are different than any other part of our Grand Jurisdiction, I appointed 
Right Excellent Companion Arthur S. Haley of North Bay, Ontario, 
Chairman of such a Committee charged with — 

(a) a study of the problems of all Chapters in Northern Ontario, north 
of North Bay and to report to this Grand Chapter these problems 
and as well as to recommend to this Grand Chapter and the Chapters 
concerned solutions to deviate the problems; 

(b) to assist the Grand Superintendents of the Northern Ontario Dis- 
trcits in arranging that the Chapters in the districts may serve 
their members more successful and to see that the material pub- 
lished by our various Committees is understood and used, as well 
as to see that all Chapters in these districts become attractive and 
enjoyable organizations in their respective communities. 

GRAND CHAPTER OFFICE 

Our Grand Scribe E., Right Excellent Companion Fred C. Conley, 
has served you well. He has served beyond the call of duty, arriving 
at the office most days at least an hour before the office opens and 
remaining often until almost midnight. Notwithstanding, many of 
the frustrating problems he has faced, his mail is answered with the 
greatest diplomacy and tact possessed by any person. In addition to his 
service in and through the office of Grand Chapter, he has travelled 
throughout the length and breadth of this Grand Jurisdiction and in 
every area he has visited, he has advanced the cause of our Order. He 
and his assistant, Mrs. Margaret Wright, have devised ways and means 
of using forms and form letters to cut down the cost of the office 
operation and we extend our thanks and appreciation for their service 
beyond the call of duty. 

I might point out to you that the Grand Scribe E.'s salary is not 
as much as that paid to a senior office secretary in the city of Toronto, 
but we have required that he do the work of a top executive. In view 
of the outstanding service he has performed in his office, and to this 
Grand Jurisdiction, I, therefore, request that a study of the responsibili- 
ties of this office be made and a recommendation be brought forward 
to the next Convocation of this Grand Chapter. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

The office of Grand Superintendent is a very vital part of our 
Order. Our Grand Superintendents serve one year. It takes that time 
to become familiar and efficient in his duties. I recommend that we 
study the possibility and give consideration to creating an office of 
Assistant Deputy Grand Superintendent, who would hold office for one 
year and would be required to work closely with the Grand Superin- 
tendent. This would give the Assistant Deputy Grand Superintendent 
a year to become familiar with the duties of that office. 

APPRECIATION 

My thanks to Right Excellent Companion William S. Thomson, our 
Grand H. and Right Excellent Companion William Sproule, our Grand J. 
for their cooperation and assistance during my first year of office. They 
have assisted the constituent Chapters wherever and whenever necessary, 



38 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

and in so doing have travelled extensively throughout the jurisdiction. 

My thanks to all Past Grand Z.'s for their assistance during the 
year. Often have I requested of them advice so freely given and have 
requested them to take on difficult tasks requiring tact and diplomacy 
and not once have they hesitated to arise to the occasion of performing 
the task. No Grand Jurisdiction can be governed without the assistance 
of the Past Grand Z.'s. 

The service by our Grand Superintendents on the whole, has been 
satisfactory. Most of them rose to the challenge of trying to raise the 
standard of our Chapters to modern day thinking and service. The pro- 
gress of our Grand Jurisdiction depends on the efficient administration 
given by our Grand Superintendents to our Districts A series of five 
efficient Grand Superintendents in any District will increase the mem- 
bership of that District in the 5-year period, and make the Chapters in 
that District attractive useful groups in their respective Communities. 

To the Chairmen and Members of all Committees, my sincere thanks 
for the thorough service you have given. Surely the long hours you 
have given will shortly turn our loss of membership into a gain. I 
particularly thank the Chairman and the Members of the Convocation 
Committee. Your organization and the results could not be improved. 
Your work has been superb. 

THE FIRST CANADIAN-EUROPEAN TOUR 

On October 5th, 1972 your Grand Chapter was invited by the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Germany to exemplify the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree, at the Royal Arch Chapter at Nurnberg, Germany, on 
May 11th, 1973, and to attend the Grand Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Germany. 

One hundred and sixty-eight including Royal Arch Masons and their 
wives will leave Toronto Airport on Thursday evening, May 10th, 1973, 
to fly to Nurnberg, Germany. Only members of this Grand Jurisdiction 
will assist in exemplifying the Degree, and no member of the Grand 
Council will take part and/or assist, except in case of emergency. 

Following the Grand Convocation, the group will tour for eight 
days parts of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, returning home on 
Sunday, May 20th. This event, I trust, will be Royal Arch Masonry in 
action, and, will demonstrate to at least a part of the world how dearly 
Masons love each other. 

If this event is a success, it will be the beginning of events which 
will show the extent of our masonic principles and the effect of these 
principles can be unlimited. 

RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS 

Each year we elect and appoint members to the Grand Executive. 
To date the Grand Executive and the present and past Grand Chapter 
Officers meet once per year at Grand Chapter. I propose that in the 
year 1973-74 that the Grand Executive and the past and present Grand 
Chapter Officers shall meet twice per year, at their own expense, on 
the second Saturday of June at Kitchener, Ontario, and on the second 
Saturday of November at or near or in the area of Smith Falls, Ontario. 
I feel that we have not made the use of the Grand Executive and the 
Past and Present Grand Chapter Officers that we should have. 

In addition to this chance of the Grand Executive and the present 
and past Grand Chapter Officers to deal with Grand Chapter matters 
more than once per year, I, also, intend to designate members of the 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 39 

Grand Executive as advisors to the Grand Superintendents. This will 
necessitate the members of the Grand Executive assuming more respon- 
sibility in the government of our Grand Jurisdiction. 

My travel throughout the jurisdiction has brought home to me that 
we have many present and past Grand Chapter Officers who want to 
help and are capable of helping, but we have cast them aside. It is my 
intention to use every able past and present Grand Chapter Officer cap- 
able of carrying out instructions and duties. I, therefore, charge the 
newly elected Grand Superintendent of every district to immediately 
make a survey of his district, listing all past Grand Chapter Officers in 
his district to ascertain in what particular branch of the Order they wish 
or are willing to be employed, and to forward two copies of that list 
and information to the Grand Scribe not later than the 25th day of May, 
1973, that we may organize and/or assign these Past Grand Officers to 
Committees. 

I have, also, found that our lines of communication are almost nil. 
Time and time again, Past Grand Chapter Officers complain that they 
have received no knowledge or information concerning important Chapter 
events occurring in their areas. I, therefore, feel that it is necessary 
that Chapter Scribe E.'s be properly appraised and instructed in their 
duties that each Scribe E. will know how to acquire and properly com- 
municate vital Chapter information to the members of their Chapter. To 
this end, I recommend that the Grand Scribe E. with the assistance of 
the Chairman of the Education Committee and others, whom I shall 
designate, prepare a course of instruction and that the Grand Scribe E. 
be sent throughout the Grand Jurisdiction during the month of Septem- 
ber to visit the various districts and instruct the Scribe E.'s of the 
Chapters. It will give our Order that needed assistance. 

During the eleven months I have served as your Grand First 
Principal, I have despatched well in excess of 1,000 letters. At the 
moment I have one secretary who is typing masonic correspondence 
more than 20 hours per week. 

During the year I have read all Chapter summons received and 
wherever possible I have despatched a letter to the Scribe E. inquiring 
of the progress being made in his Chapter, and suggesting ways and 
means of making the Chapter more active and more enjoyable. 

During my tour of duty I have made it a policy to refrain from 
participating in the conferring of degrees and even to a great extent 
in taking part in installations, simplv because I feel there is so much 
more service required of a Grand First Principal than reciting the ritual, 
especially when there are so many past and present Grand Chapter 
Officers who are so capable in degree work, and are ready and willing 
to assist. 

This year I think we have proved that the spirit of fraternalism, 
in all its aspects, is a spirit of cooperation. There can be no constructive 
progress without cooperation. There can be no cooperation without 
proper regard for duly constituted authority which is the very corner- 
stone of the social compact. If, therefore, the Masonic Order is to 
fulfill its high mission as the great exponent of brotherhood, every 
Freemason must be taught not only to be a law-abiding citizen but that 
he must cast his influence on the side of law and order. 

No man ever grasped the full significance of the principles of 
Freemasonry simply by receiving the degrees. Brotherhood is a pro- 
fession, comprising both a science and an art. Who can acquire a pro- 
fession in six brief evenings and by learning a few paragraphs of 
lectures ? 



40 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

I cannot emphasize too much that masonry must do something in 
the way of spreading" its principles to the world at large. Our teachings 
are not to be kept hidden for exhibition only within the secrecy of the 
Lodge or Chapter room. For the sake of Freemasonry and for the sake 
of the world the certain things for which we stand, as well as those 
against which we stand, must be well known to all mankind. 

Masons themselves must change their attitude toward the fraternity. 
Their interest and devotion to the Masonic principle is by no means as 
great as it ought to be. Professions of brotherhood in any Masonic 
Lodge, Chapter, the Scottish Rite or any other Masonic body are of no 
more value than professions of religion in a church, unless they are 
acted upon. 

Come, clear the way, then, clear the way. 

Blind creeds and kings have had their day. 

Break the dead branches from the path, 

Our hope is in the aftermath 

Our hope is in heroic men. 

Star-led to build the world again. 

To this event the ages ran 

Make way for Brotherhood — make way for Man. 
Sincerely and fraternally, 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson and seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. H. Sproule, and resolved, 

"That the address of M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred to the Com- 
mittee on the G^and Z's Address to report thereon during the present 
Convocation of Grand Chapter." 

ADDENDUM TO ADDRESS 
Recommendation re the Honourary Grand Executive 

MOTION 

The possible number on the Honourary Grand Executive is to be 
increased from three to five members. 

The number on the Honourary Grand Executive is to be increased 
from three to five members. 

The dedicated and outstanding service to this Grand Chapter and to 
almost everv other Grand Body by Right Excellent Companion George E. 
Turner, M.D., our Denuty Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario, is well known. I, therefore, recommend 
Right Excellent Companion George E. Turner, M.D., for confirmation 
as an Honourary Member of the Grand Executive in accordance with the 
provisions of our Constitution, and request this Grand Chapter concur 
in this recommendation. 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

LEO J. GENT, 

GRAND Z. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS' REPORTS 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT No. 1 
Rt. Ex. Companion Deric Payne 
It was a privilege and an honour to have been elected Grand 
Superintendent of St. Clair District No. 1. I extend my sincere thanks 
to the Companions of Blenheim Chapter No. 239, Blenheim, for sponsor- 
ing me and also the Principals and Past Principals of the District for 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 41 

electing me to this high office. I also thank Most Excellent Companion 
Leo J. Gent for confirming my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Companion Lester T. Fisher as 
my secretary and I extend to him many thanks for his support, and the 
fine manner in which he carried out his work. Also many thanks to all 
the Past Grand Superintendents for their assistance and fine words of 
encouragement. 

I was always well received at every Chapter in the District while 
on my Official visit. It was always a pleasure to share the warmth 
and friendship of each Companion of every Chapter during friendship 
hour after the meeting. 

In June, Blenheim Chapter No. 239 was host for the Spring District 
Divine Service which was well attended and it was an honour and a 
pleasure to have Most Ex. Companion Leo J. Gent in attendance. In 
October, McNabb Chapter No. 88, Dresden, was host for the Fall District 
Divine Service which was well attended following a breakfast at the 
Legion Hall. It was again a pleasure to have Most Ex. Companion Leo 
J. Gent in attendance. The lessons were read by the Grand First 
Principal and myself. 

In October, I attended Bruce Chapter No. 53, Petrolia, which was 
celebrating their 100th year anniversary. The ceremony was well 
attend and the H.R.A. Degree was conferred on four candidates. The 
Officers are to be congratulated on their fine work. 

In November, I attended the dinner, installation and investiture 
of Most Wor. Bro. Wm. K. Bailey in King Cyrus Chapter No. 232, 
G.R.C., Toronto. It was a very fine evening and was well attended. 
The work was well done by Grand Chapter Officers. 

It has been an honour and a pleasure on behalf of Grand Chapter 
to present 50 year jewels and 25 year Past First Principal Jewels to 
Worthy Companions of our District. During my travels in St. Clair 
District and other Districts I visited, I have made many friends and 
look forward to many more years of continuing these friendships. 

In closing I wish to extend my many thanks to the Principals and 
Officers of each Chapter in the District for their warm welcome I 
received on my visits and also with their interest in Royal Arch Masonry. 
With this interest in mind I'm sure we will continue to grow. 

To my successor, I offer my support and co-operation during his 
term of office and I'm sure he will receive the same support that was 
given to me this past year. 

LONDON DISTRICT No. 2 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Chas. G. Smuck 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent of District No. 2 is 
drawing to an end, I humbly submit my report on conditions of Royal 
Arch Masonry in London District No. 2, 

May I express my sincere appreciation to the Companions of my 
Mother Chapter, St. John's, No. 3, for proposing me for this exalted 
office, and also to the Principals and Past Principals for unanimously 
electing me to this high office and to the Most Ex. Grand First Principal 
for confirming the election. 

My first official duty in office was to appoint Ex. Comp. E. H. 
Malton as my Secretary. Ex. Comp. Malton has been most efficient 
and his assistance has made the work of the Grand Superintendent much 
easier. He attended all the meetings on official visits, but one, at 
which time he was on vacation. He also travelled with me on all social 
occasions and repeat visits. My Secretary and myself attended the 
picnic in July held by Vimy Chapter and may I say this was a worthwhile 



42 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

event in the social activitites of our Chapters as several Grand Chapter 
officers from Toronto, as well as our Grand First Principal, Most Ex. 
Comp. L. J. Gent, attended. May I say this event also included a church 
Service in the morning before the social activities began and was well 
attended. 

At each of the official visits a Degree was conferred or exemplified, 
and I might add the work was very efficient and well done. Most 
Chapters used a well skilled Director of Ceremonies who seemed to 
instill more confidence in those working the degree. 

It has been my happy privilege to present several 50 year Jewels 
and two 25 year Past Principal Jewels, also several Grand Chapter 
Certificates. One of the highlights of my term of office was to visit 
Palestine Chapter in St. Thomas, along with the Grand First Principal 
Most Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent to honour Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. George Ken- 
nedy on being a 70 year member of the Craft. He was installed as First 
Principal of Palestine Chapter No. 54 en December 11, 1902 — and also 
became Grand Superintendent of London District No. 2 in 1915. Dr. 
Kennedy is still, at 97 years of age, very active in the Chapter. He is 
the oldest living Mason in Ontario and oldest active Past Master in 
Canada. 

I appointed the Rev. R. R. Gordon of St. Georges Presbyterian 
Church, London, as District Chaplain and the District Divine Service 
was held on Sunday evening, October 1, 1972, with a fair turnout. The 
Grand First Principal attended and took part in the Service, the speaker 
being the Rev. R. R. Gordon who brought a very timely message. 

I regret to report that the Membership in District No. 2 has dropped 
slightly owing to a heavy death rate in the last year. 

May I report that the Scribe E. in each of the Chapters is doing 
a very commendable job. Chapter minutes were well written with books 
neat and in order. 

I wish to report the reception on each of the official visits as well 
as on other occasions were very graciously carried out. 

In closing may I express my "Thanks" to those Companions who 
accompanied me on my visits also to the Principals of all Chapters for 
the courtesy shown to me. 

It has been an honour and privilege to represent the Grand First 
Principal Most Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent and to my successor every success. 

WILSON DISTRICT No. 3 
Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Henry Johnston 

It has been a distinct honour and a very great pleasure for me to 
fill the office of Grand Superintendent this past year and convey my 
sincere thanks to my Chapter, Ezra No. 23, for sponsoring me, and to 
the Principals and Past Principals of Wilson District No. 3 for electing 
me to that office. My thanks to the Most Ex. Grand Z. for his con- 
firmation of this. 

As my first official duty I appointed Ex. Comp. W. J. Thompson 
as my Scribe, and to him I extend grateful thanks for the manner in 
which he acquitted his duties and for his support at all times. 

I also had the honour of appointing Ex. Comp. F. D. Gillies as 
District Chairman of the Bursary Fund and Rt. Ex. Comp. John C. 
Ferguson as District Chairman of Masomc Education. 

During my term of office it was a pleasure to attend the dedication 
of Kitchener Chapter No. 117, on Friday, June 2, 1972, and also to be 
present at the A. W. Campbell Conservation Park, Alvinson, when Vimy 
Chapter, Inwood No. 214 held a Divine Service and picnic, July 30th. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 43 

During- my term of office I have had official visits to each Chapter 
as well as a goodly number of fraternal visits. With one exception the 
warmth and friendliness of the Companions has been all that could be 
desired and leaves one with an experience to be treasured in the years 
to come. 

All is not roses in Wilson District, and in spite of my best effort, 
it has been impossible to create a revival of interest in one Chapter 
even to the extent of being able to arrange a meeting. This will have 
to be handled by higher authority. Another Chapter has had its tribu- 
lations, but now seems on the way to again becoming a good active 
Chapter. 

The work and the degrees has been very good and I would especially 
commend Oxford Chapter for the excellent way a musical background 
is incorporated into the ceremonies of that group. 

The co-operation of the Grand Chapter officers has been a real 
inspiration to me during this year and to them I extend my sincere 
thanks for the effort on their part to help me revive and reorganize 
interest when help was needed. 

This has been an outstanding year for me in my Masonic life, and 
again I can only thank all those who made it possible. To my successor 
I pledge my support and trust his year will be as satisfying as this one 
has been to me. 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT No. 4 
Rt. Ex. Comp. W. E. Crerar 

As my tenure of office comes to a close may I take this opportunity 
of expressing my appreciation in having the privilege and honor of 
being Grand Superintendent of Wellington District No. 4. My sincere 
thanks to the Principals and Past Principals of this District for honoring 
Durham Chapter by electing me to this high office. To Most Ex. Comp. 
Leo J. Gent my humble gratitude and thanks in confirming my election. 
Also to the Companions of Durham Chanter who accompanied me on all 
my visits and the Companions from a number of other Chapters who 
were present at many of these visits. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Kenneth M. 
Hooper as my Secretary and to whom I am indebted by the efficient 
manner in which he has performed the duties of Secretary. His knowl- 
edge of Royal Arch Masonry and particularly that pertaining to the 
duties of the Scribe E. has been a constant source of capable assistance 
and his efforts and help have been very much appreciated. 

Two chapters who have not had Candidates in the past year now 
have or will have two or three Candidates for exaltation. This is most 
encouraging. 

Throughout the District the total membership has remained the 
same as the previous year and the average attendance at convocations 
is down slightly. However in view of these facts I am firmly convinced 
Capitular Masonry in Wellington District No. 4 is gaining momentum 
and by the end of 1973 we will have much improvement. 

On Friday, June 2nd I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of 
participating in the dedication of the new Chapter Room of Kitchener 
Chapter No. 117 Kitchener. The Members of this Chapter are to be 
congratulated on the luxurious quarters in which they are privileged to 
hold their meetings and to mark their progress in Masonry. 

On Oct. 15th, we held our District Divine Church Service in St. 
George's Anglican Church, Guelph, with only a fair attendance. The 
Rev. Swan, Rector of St. James Anglican Church, Hanover, and a Royal 
Arch Mason of Durham Chapter conducted a very impressive service. 



44 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

I took part in the reading of the Scripture lesson. 

The Fall meeting of the Principals' Association was held in Ionic 
Chapter Room, Orangeville, Oct. 31st with a very good attendance. Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Aube Weisman, Chairman of the Bursary Committee was 
guest speaker. 

All Royal Arch Masons of Wellington District will be pleased to 
note a donation of $100.00 was made by the Principals' Association to 
the Bursary Fund. 

On November 4th, Saturday afternoon, a degree team of present 
and past Grand Chapter Officers organized by Rt. Ex. Comp. Gordon 
Braby conferred the R.A.M. Degree, followed by a delightful evening of 
dancing. 

We were especially honoured by having with us the M. Ex. Comp. 
Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., who gave a most inspiring address given at the 
Banquet hour. 

To those distinguished Companions to whom I had the extreme 
pleasure of presenting 50 year R.A.M. Jewels my sincere congratulations. 
May we reap what they have sown. 

The Companions honored were V. Ex. Comp. L. F. Smith, Guelph 
Chapter, No. 40; V. Ex. Comp. Earl "Jack" Arnold, Charter Member 
Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown; and Rt. Ex. Comp. G. V. Hilborn, 
Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston. 

In conclusion, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed my 
term of Office. It has been a very pleasant and profitable experience 
representing the Grand First Principal in Wellington District. I have 
been amply repaid for the time and effort spent by the rich experience 
in Capitular Masonry, the new friendships formed and the knowledge 
that I have had some small part in promoting some of the better things 
of life. I would ask that the same support, cooperation and friendly 
feelings be given to my successor so that Capitular Masonry may con- 
tinue to advance in Wellington District during his term of office. 

HAMILTON DISTRICT No. 5 
Rt. Ex. Comp. W. Bruce Sixsmith 

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I submit my report on the 
condition of Capitular Masonry in Hamilton District No. 5. I extend 
my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Companions of The Hiram 
Chapter No. 2 for nominating me, and the Past and Present Principals 
of the District for electing me to this high office. I also thank Most 
Excellent Companion Leo J. Gent for confirming my election. 

Excellent Companion Joseph Neill, whom I appointed as my secre- 
tary, has carried out his responsibilities in a most efficient manner. 

V. Excellent Companion Jack I. Loft was appointed District Chair- 
man of the Bursary Fund and has worked untiringly in keeping the 
Chapters in the District informed of the work and needs of this most 
worthwhile project. 

It was my privilege to participate, along with Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred 
Scott, in the presentation of "50 Year Royal Arch Mason's Jewels" to 
Rt. Ex. Companions Lome F. McDougall and John H. Lee, both members 
of McKay Chapter No. 243. 

An evening of Masonic Instruction was held at the invitation of 
McKay Chapter No. 243 under the direction of Rt. Ex. Companion Henry 
G. Edgar, District Chairman of Masonic Instruction. He was assisted 
by a number of Companions from the District and each contributed to 
a most profitable evening for those in attendance. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 45 

I was received with dignity and warm hospitality on all my official 
visits. The evenings on each occasion were well planned and the degree 
work carried out in an exemplary manner. The support from the 
Companions of the District was a source of encouragement to myself 
and 1 am sure to the Officers of the Chapters visited. 

The District Divine Service was held at St. John United Church, 
Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday, October 29, 1972, and was well supported 
by the Companions and their ladies. 

I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the Principals and Companions 
throughout the District, and to the Grand Chapter Officers Past and 
Present for their support and guidance throughout the year. Also, my 
report would not be complete without a special "Thank you" to Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Frederick C. Conley for his prompt attention to all reports and 
requests. 

In conclusion, I would suggest that Capitular Masonry in Hamilton 
District No. 5 is being carried out in the manner prescribed by Grand 
Chapter. The dedication and devotion of the Principal Officers and the 
support of the rest of the Companions augurs well for the future of 
Royal Arch Masonry in the District. harmony exists among the 
Chapters and inter-Chapter visitations appear to be on the up-swing. 

To my successor I extend congratulations and best wishes, and 
trust that his year will prove as stimulating to him as the past year 
has been to me. Once again, Companions, a most sincere "Thank you". 

HURON DISTRICT No. 6 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Lloyd R. Sorsdahl 

It is with pleasure that I, as your representative in Huron District 
No. 6, submit my report for Royal Arch Masonry in this district. 

It has been a real privilege and honour for me to have been Grand 
Superintendent of Huron District No. 6. I sincerely thank the Com- 
panions of Elliot Chapter No. 129 for my nomination and their support 
at Grand Chapter and to all the Principals and Past Principals of their 
support and confidence in electing me their Grand Superintendent for 
1972-73. 

Ex. Comp. William Cheoros consented to act as my secretary. 
He accompanied me on all, except one, of my official visits. He 
was most efficient in his services and I thank him for his invaluable 
advice and assistance during the year. 

I was received with the proper respect and dignity on all my official 
visitations. The presence of Grand Chapter Officers of the District 
portrayed their continued active support and assisted to inspire the 
Officers and Companions of their various Chapters and their support 
was deeply appreciated. 

A degree was conferred on all my official visits except one Chapter. 
The work of the various degrees were conferred in an efficient manner 
by the Officers of Chapters and in most cases assisted by Past Principals 
with various parts of work. The fellowship and companionship was 
quite evident and made every visit an enjoyable evening. 

The Divine Service for Huron District No. 6 was held at Knox 
Presbyterian Church, in Mitchell, on Sunday, October 22nd, 1972, at 
3:00 p.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Wallace Murray, Pastor 
of the church. The address was delivered by Rt. Ex. Comp. Alex Camp- 
bell of Thorold, Ont., a Past Grand Superintendent of Huron District 
No. 6 and also a Past Grand Chaplain. There was a good attendance of 
Companions and families. A social half hour was enjoyed by all in the 
Church Parlor after the service. 



46 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

I attended the two meetings of the Principals' Association. The 
fall meeting was held at Huron Chapter, Goderich, where both the 
M.M.M. and M.E.M. Degrees were conferred. We were privilged to 
have Rt. Ex. Companion Maarten van Wamelen present to deliver 
remarks and instruction. 

The spring meeting was held at Tecumseh Chapter, in Stratford 
where the officers for the ensuing year were elected. The Principals' 
Association conferred the M.E.M. degree and all Chapters had Officers 
participating in the degree. 

It was my privilege to present two 25 year Past Principal Jewels. 

In closing, I would like again to thank the Principals and Com- 
panions of the District for their support and those who accompanied 
me on my visits. To my successor, I extend best wishes and pledge 
my support. May his year in office be as rewarding to him as this 
year has been to me. 

NIAGARA DISTRICT No. 7 
R. Ex. Comp. Wilson S. Anderson 

It was a privilege and honour to have been elected Grand Super- 
intendent of Niagara District No. 7. I wish to extend my thanks 
to the Companions of Mount Moriah Chapter No. 19, St. Catharines 
for sponsoring me and the Principals and Past Principals of the District 
for electing me to this high office. I would also like to thank Most 
Excellent Companion Leo J. Gent, Q.C., B.A., for confirming my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Excellent Companion 
Leonard McMann as my Secretary. He performed his duties in a very 
efficient manner and was a great help and support to me during the 
year for which I sincerely thank him. My other appointments con- 
sisted of Excellent Companions John Galloway, Chairman of the District 
Bursary Fund, along with Excellent Companion Robert Phillips. 

At all my visits I was received with dignity and warm cordiality. A 
degree was conferred or exemplified at each of my official visits in an 
excellent manner by the Officers of the Chapters. 

During the year, it was my privilege and honour to present for 
the First Grand Principal, on behalf of Grand Chapter, two fifty year 
Royal Arch Masons Jewels and two twenty-five year Past Principal's 
Jewels. 

In addition to the official visits, my secretary and I were able to 
attend the installation ceremonies as well as other convocations. 

Among the highlights of the year was the honour extended to me 
by Willson Chapter No. 64, Welland, to perform the ceremony of dedica- 
tion of their new banners, triple tau, and Volume of Sacred Law, along 
with Right Excellent Companion, the Reverend Alex Campbell, a Past 
Grand Chaplain. 

Other nights to remember included my visit to Kitchener Chapter, 
where Grand Chapter Officers conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree, 
and my visit to King Cyrus Chapter, Toronto, on the occasion when our 
Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Bailey was given Grand 
Chapter honours. 

The District Divine Service was held in St. Paul Street United 
Church, St. Catharines, with the Reverend Brother L. T. C. Harbour, 
President of the Hamilton Conference of the United Church, bringing a 
timely message to the many Companions present. 

To my successor, I extend my congratulations. I will endeavour 
to assist him in any way I can and hope the Chapters give to him the 
same co-operation which has been accorded to me. 



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TORONTO DISTRICT No. 8 
Rt. Ex. Comp, Frederick H. Daubney 

I wish to express my sincere thanks for the support given to me 
by the Companions of the District and to the Principals, Past and 
Present, of Toronto District No. 8, for electing me Grand Superintendent 
as Representative of our Most Ex. Grand First Principal Leo J. Gent, 
Q.C., B.A. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Companion Russell Spenceley as 
my Secretary. His efficient and capable assistance, and company on all 
my Official Visits has added to the enjoyment on these occasion. Some 
of the highlights of my year in Office was being present at the Dedica- 
tion of the New Temple at Kitchener, along with the Grand Council 
and other Grand Chapter Officers. Another occasion was to travel to 
Dryden, for the Investiture of the Grand Superintendent of District No. 
14, Algoma, Northern Ontario, where I had the honour of acting as J. 
of the Grand Council when opening and closing Grand Chapter. 

I have attended all the Chapters in District No. 8 at least three of 
four times during my term of office, both Officially and Fraternally. 
I must comment on the warmth and dignity with which I was received 
and the hospitality which was extended to me at all of my Official visits. 
The Degree Work in District No. 8, speaking generally, is good, but 
the attendance by the Companions leaves something to be desired. The 
spirit and enthusiasm of the active Members of the District is a pleasure 
to behold, but, I cannot stress enough the importance to all Chapters of 
involving the Junior Members of their Chapters as well as their wives 
and families, in Social Events, Family and Ladies' Nights. 

During my term, two 25 Years Past Principals Jewels were present- 
ed to Ex. Comp. Dr. Marwood and Ex. Comp. Cecil C. Mabley. 

Nine 50 Year Jewels were presented to M. Ex. Comp. John House, 
V. Ex. Comp. Harold B. Cook, V. Ex. Comp. Andrew A. Kinghorn, V. 
Ex. Comp. F. Clinckett, V. Ex. Comp. Harry Watson, Ex. Comp. Fred- 
erick R. Lorriman, Ex. Comp. Lyle M. Nichols, Ex. Comp. J. M. Low. 

I would like to see these Presentations made with the Chapter closed, 
to enable the families and friends of the recipients to be present to 
give still greater pleasure to the one being so honoured. 

On Sunday, October 1, Districts Nos. 8 and 8A held a Divine Service 
at St. David's Anglican Church, Donlands Ave., the Reverend J. Johnson 
presiding and assisted by Members of the Grand Council. This was 
fairly well attended by the Companions and their Ladies. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Edward Elcombe, as Chairman of the Education 
Committee, has been of great assistance to me; also V. Ex. Comp. Joe 
Bell as Chairman of the Bursary Committee, District No. 8. 

In conclusion, I would like to mention the help freely given to me by 
our Grand Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred C. Conley, to keep me within 
due bounds. To the Companions of District No. 8 goes my sincere thanks 
for their support. I hope and trust I have carried out the duties and 
responsibilities of the high office in both a dignified and efficient man- 
ner befitting the Representative of our Most Excellent Grand First 
Principal Leo J. Gent, Q.C., B.A. To my successor I pledge my support 
and may his year in office be as rewarding to him as this one has been 
to me. 

TORONTO DISTRICT No. 8A 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Donald M. Wilson 
To the Grand First Principal Most Ex. Comp. L. Gent goes my 
sincere appreciation on the confirmation of my election as Grand Super- 



48 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

intendent of Toronto District 8A by the Ruling and Past Principals of 
the District and to Oakwood Chapter No. 233 on supporting me as their 
nominee for this high office. 

It was my pleasure to have Ex. Comp. Roy Griffin accompany me as 
Secretary during my term of office. His pleasant manner together with 
his efficiency for detail was of great assistance. 

During this year I visited each Chapter in the District at least 
twice, one of them being my official visit where I found all Chapters 
conferring degrees in a very competent manner, although some Chapters 
rely too heavily on their Past Principals. The members must be given 
an opportunity to participate if we intend to hold their attention. 

One of the most rewarding evenings during the year was on 
November 15, 1972, when one of King Cyrus Chapter members, Most 
Wor. William K. Bailey, Grand Master of A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario, was installed as Third, Second and First Principal 
of his Chapter by the Grand Council headed by Most Ex. Comp. L. Gent 
and then being invested by Rt. Ex. Comp. H. L. Martyn with his regalia 
of a Grand Steward, of Royal Arch Mason of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario, an honour bestowed on a worthy and dedicated Mason. 

The two Toronto Districts, 8 and 8A, held a joint Masonic Church 
Service at St. David's Anglican Church on Sunday, October 1, 1972, 
with Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers in attendance. 

Three Educational Evenings were held during the year and at no 
time were more than fifty percent of the Chapters in the District repre- 
sented. Lack of interest is the start of decay. These Educational Even- 
ings, designed for every Companion, new and old, were most interesting 
and informative, something every Companion might have benefited from. 

Royal Arch Masonry has a wealth of knowledge to offer those who 
are willing to invest a little time. To the companions of Toronto District 
8A, I present a challenge. We know we are the best District in the 
Province of Ontario. Let's show it by having the best record of attend- 
ance at all district special events (Church Services, Educational Even- 
ings, Welfare Meetings, etc.) and support my successor at all his 
Official Visits and special meetings called by him. Your support 
of other Chapters will be rewarded by their support of your Chapter. 

I wish for my successor a successful and rewarding year and will 
do everything in my power to assist him when called upon. 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT No. 9 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley R. Burton 

It has been a great privilege and honour to have been the Grand 
Superintendent of Georgian District No. 9. I most sincerely thank the 
Companions of Kichikewana Chapter No. 167 for my nomination and 
their support at Grand Chapter and my thanks to all the Principals and 
Past Principals of the District in electing me their Grand Superintendent. 
My thanks also to Most Excellent Companion Leo J. Gent for confirming 
my election. 

My first duty as Grand Superintendent was to appoint Ex. Comp. 
Lloyd Roberts as my secretary. He was always ready to accompany 
me on my visitations and I thank him for his co-operation and assistance 
during the year. 

I would also like to thank Rt. Ex. Comp. Garnett Tait for accepting 
the Office of District Bursary Committee and the District Masonic 
Education Committee. 

On all my visits to the Chapters, I was received with warm cordiality 
and dignity. A degree was conferred or exemplified at each of my 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 49 

visits. The very fine manner in which the officers conferred or ex- 
emplified the degree was of a high calibre and very impressive. A 
good number of Past Principals and Companions also took part in the 
degree work. 

Although the attendance in the District is low, the enthusiasm in 
Capitular Masonry is very high. Each Chapter has assured me that 
every effort will be made to increase, not only the attendance at regular 
meetings, but also membership. I am very optimistic about the future 
of Royal Arch Masonry in Georgian District. 

I have had the honour and pleasure of presenting three Fifty Year 
Royal Arch Masons Jewels and assisting with one on behalf of the Most 
Excellent, the Grand First Principal. 

In closing, I would like to thank all the Companions who gave their 
time to accompany me on my visits, and all the Principals and 
Companions of the District for their friendship, courtesy and warmth 
in making this the most rewarding and pleasant year I have had in 
Masonry. 

To my successor, I wish him every success and pledge him my 
support. 

ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. Irvine L. Fisher 

We have visited all of the Chapters in the District twice plus 
attending all Chapter Ladies' Nights and Picnics. 

The reception was at an all time high. 

We attended the Dedication of Kitchener Chapter No. 117, Kit- 
chener, Ont. 

We all enjoyed the fellowship with the members of this Chapter. 

On June 3, 1972, St. John's Chapter No. 48, Cobourg, now meeting 
in Port Hope, observed their 100th Anniversary. 

On October 29, 1972, we held our District Church Service in Can- 
nington at the United Church. 

There were approximately 54 Companions plus the families present. 

On November 19, 1972, Ionic Chapter No. 168, Campbellford, held 
a "First" ever held in this District. "A Family Church Service in the 
Chapter Room". It was set up as though a regular meeting would be 
held there that night. The entire Family was present. There were 120 
Companions plus families and Brothers present. They represented 8 
Chapters. They all enjoyed the Service. 

We also attended the Christmas Observance in Peterborough, on 
December 14, 1972. The host was Corinthian Chapter No. 36. 

We regret that the year is coming to a close. 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT No. 11 
Right Excellent Comp. Gordon H. Fresque 

May I first express my thanks to the Past Principals and members 
of Mount Sinai Chapter No. 44 in Napanee for proposing me for the 
office of Grand Superintendent and to the Past Principals of the District 
for their confidence in electing me to this high office and to Most 
Excellent Companion Leo J. Gent for confirming my election. 

My first official duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Reginald C. 
Dawson as my secretary, which duty he performed in a most excellent 
manner and accompanied me on all my official visits. 

During my Official Visits to the eight Chapters comprising District 
No. 11, a warm, courteous and dignified reception was extended to me 



50 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

as the representative of the Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal. 
The work I found, in most cases, was performed in a most capable 
manner. 

It was my privilege to make three visits outside District No. 11 
during my term of office. (1) to Kitchener No. 117 on the occasion of 
the dedication of their new Chapter Room; (2) to Ancient Frontenac 
and Cataraqui No. 1, Kingston on the occasion of their 175th anniver- 
sary; (3) to St. George's Chapter No. 5, London, Ontario, on the biennial 
fraternal visit of Quinte Chapter No. 227, Belleville, Ontario. 

District Divine Service was held in Trinity United Church, Napanee, 
on September 24, 1972. This was well attended by the Companions and 
their families. Rt. Excellent Companion the Rev. J. A. Payton, B.A., 
B.D., gave an inspiring sermon on this occasion. Approximately one. 
hundred persons partook of the luncheon which followed the service. 

A District Ladies' Night was held in October at the Masonic 
Temple in Belleville. Under the chairmanship of Most Excellent Com- 
panion Bruce Smith the evening was a sparkling success, the banquet 
hall being filled to capacity. 

I visited all the Chapters in the District several times during my 
term of office and attended all the installations. The joint installation 
and investiture of officers of St. Mark's Chapter No. 26, Trenton and 
Presqui'ile Chapter No. 144, Brighton was of particular interest in that 
Grand Chapter Officers of the District did the work. It was a pleasure 
to have our Grand Third Principal, Rt. Excellent William H. Sproule 
with us on this occasion. The Installation and Investiture took place on 
Saturday, January 20th beginning at 4:00 p.m. and concluded with a 
banquet. Rt. Ex. Companion Angus McDonald deserves high praise for 
organizing this highly successful event. On future occasions of this 
type I would suggest that the Ladies be included in the banquet followed 
by some type of social evening. 

During the year I presented a 25 Year Past Principals Jewel to 
Ex. Comp. C. F. Young of Mount Sinai No. 44 and a 50 Year Jewel to 
Comp. Gus Halliday at his residence in Seeley's Bay. Companion Halli- 
day is a long time member of Presqu'ile Chapter No. 144. 

The District also had a regular schedule of Inter-chapter visits 
which started on February 1st and concluded on April 18th. 

During the current year it was my honour to be installed as the 
Master of a Craft Lodge. On this occasion a large number of Royal 
Arch Masons entered the Lodge Room in a body which was a most 
impressive sight to those not members of the Royal Craft. It behooves 
all Royal Arch Masons to be regular attenders of their Craft Lodges if 
we expect to attract candidates for Royal Arch Masonry. 

I want to thank my predecessor, Right Excellent Companion Frank 
K. Hodgen, who assisted me tremendously to get started on my duties. 

In conclusion, I feel that Royal Arch Masonry is in good hands in 
this District and still better days lie ahead. Again I wish to thank all 
the Companions in the District for a year that will remain in my memory 
for years to come. To my successor may I offer my whole-hearted 
cooperation and support and may his year in Office be as rewarding 
to him as this one has been to me. 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT No. 12 
Rt. Ex. Comp, D. R. Hough 
First of all I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Prin- 
cipals and Past Principals of this District for the honour conferred upon 
me, in electing me to this office and to Most Ex. Comp. Gent in con- 
firming same. 



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My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Gordon W. Thorn as my 
District Secretary and I take this opportunity of thanking him for his 
faithful and efficient service. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. A. L. Farnsworth was appointed Chairman of the 
District Masonic Instruction Committee and Rt. Ex. Comp. R. N. Sey- 
mour was appointed Chairman of the Bursary Committee. They in turn 
appointed the members of their respective committees. 

During my term of office I visited all Chapters in the District 
officially and several for a second time. I was received with warm 
hospitality and dignity due to a representative of the Grand First 
Principal. The degree work was very good and varied very little from 
the ritual The attendance left something to be desired and I am not 
really suie how to improve it. Records are being properly kept. 

One of the highlights of my term was the celebration of the 175th 
Anniversary of Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1 in June, 
1972. The celebration was well marked by suitable work, an enjoyable 
banquet and the participation of the Grand Z., Most Excellent Com- 
panion Leo J Gent and other present and past Grand Chapter Officers. 

The presentation of many jewels in the area gives light to the 
activities o fthe past and the dedicated chapter members that have been 
and still are the vertibrae, that hold the backbone of the Chapter 
together and keep it upright, just and a fraternity to be proud of. 

Many plans are in motion and I am sure my message on behalf 
of the Grand Z. will bear fruit during the coming year. In fact Chapter 
Ladies' Nights have been held in Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 
Chapter No. 1, Kingston last term and Maitland Chapter, No. 68, Kempt- 
ville this present term. Great benefits were received from both. 

I am very much concerned with the decrease in membership in most 
Chapters although some are doing very well. The success of a Chapter 
appears to relate directly to the dynamic outgoing personalities of the 
Officers and the number of people in the Community. This past year 
Covenant Chapter No. 113, Cornwall is a good example of meaningful 
activity with their special nights and number of Candidates. 

Particularly in this rural area I think the time has come for relief 
to be given to members on reaching retirement age of 65 years, when 
their income is very much reduced. I would therefore recommend that 
the cost of Life Membership be revised and reduced at age 65 and over. 

A District Chapter of Instruction is scheduled for St. John Chapter 
No. 112, Morrisburg, May 12, 8:00 p.m., at which time R. Ex. Comp. 
Maarten van Wamelen, Chairman of the Masonic Education and In- 
struction Committee has agreed to lead a team that will give an inter- 
pretation to the work of the various degrees. 

The advantages offered by the Bursary Committee to deserving 
students was pointed out and explained to the Chapters on my official 
visits. 

Generally the financial situation of some Chapters is improving due 
to higher dues and initiations. 

In conclusion I would like to thank the Officers and Companions of 
this District for their generous support during the past year. To my 
successor I offer my sincere support and wish him every success. 

OTTAWA DISTRICT No. 13 
Rt. Ex. Comp. George H. Patterson 
As my term of office as Grand Superintendent draws to a close, it is 
with great pleasure I present my report on the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry in the Ottawa District No. 13. 



52 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

First I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to the Com- 
panions of Ottawa District No. 13, for the honor conferred on me in 
electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent and also my apprecia- 
tion to Most Excellent Companion Leo J. Gent for his confirmation of 
my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Harry F. Gardiner as my 
secretary. He accompanied me on all my official visits. For his loyal 
and efficienct manner with which he handled the duties of that office 
I shall be ever grateful. The records of all the Chapters in the Ottawa 
District No. 13 were examined and found in good condition by him. 

On all my official visits I was graciously received and as the 
representative of the Grand First Principal welcomed with courteous 
dignity. At all visits a degree was conferred or exemplified. The 
Officers, Past Principals and Members who participated were most 
proficient in the work. 

A District meeting was held on May, 31 1972 in St. Francis Chapter 
room in Smiths Falls for the purpose of Instruction with a very good 
attendance. 

It was my great pleasure to be invited to attend the 175th Anniver- 
sary of Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1, Kingston, on 
June 3rd, 1972, at which time M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, the Grand 
First Principal was present and gave a very interesting address. 

On Sunday, October 1st, 1972, a District Divine Service was held 
in Smiths Falls at St. John's Anglican Church. It was a very fine 
service, but I was extremely disappointed with the poor response of the 
Companions of the Ottawa District No. 13. I would suggest to my 
successor that careful consideration be given before attempting another 
District Divine Service. 

On October 27, 1972, a Chapter of Instruction Night for the District 
was held in Smith Falls under the chairmanship of Rt. Ex. Comp. E. J. J. 
Jackson. The meeting was very well attended and I think this helps to 
bring uniformity of the work in the Chapters of the District. 

On December 15, 1972, the Past Principals' Association on the 
invitation of Granite Chapter No. 61 conferred the Royal Arch Degree. 
There was a large attendance and the Past Principals' Association are 
to be congratulated on their efforts. 

It was my great honour and privilege during the year on behalf 
of Grand Chapter (a) to present to Ex. Comp. Harold Skinner, of 
Bonnechere Chapter, No. 114, a 25 Year Jewel, (b) also being invited by 
Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 226 to invest V. Ex. Comp. Dawson Kerr, 
the Grand Organist, with his regalia, and (c) to present a 25 Year 
Jewel to Ex. Comp. Arnold J. Illingworth. 

The overall picture of Royal Arch Masonry in the Ottawa District 
is good, with the Chapter Officers being particularly enthusiastic, 
endeavoring to promote interest and goodwill among the Companions. 
The only disappointing factor in our Chapters is the small number of 
Companions who attend the meetings, as is shown in my reports. During 
my visits I have tried to leave a message of interest on the degree of 
the evening in Chapter, and a message on Capitular Masonry at the 
banquet hour. I tried to leave a thought about the heritage of our 
Order that would make us better Royal Arch Masons. 

In conclusion may I say that I am deeply grateful to those who 
have made this year possible for me. My thanks to all the Companions 
of the Ottawa District for their support, their courtesy and considera- 
tion during my term of office. My special thanks to the Companions 
of St. Francis Chapter No. 133 for their loyal support and assistance. 

To my successor may I offer my full support and assistance that 
his term of office will be as rewarding as it has been for me. 



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ALGOMA DISTRICT No. 14 
Rt. Ex. Comp. C. L. (Pat) Collins 

It is an honor and a privilege to present my report, as District 
Grand Superintendent for Algoma District No. 14. 

It is with sad regret that my election to this high office, was to 
fulfil a vacancy left by the sudden passing away, of our distinguished 
Companion, Rt. Ex. Comp. F. A. Smith. 

I had the honor of being installed as the District Grand Superin- 
tendent of Algoma District by our Grand First Principal Most Ex. Comp. 
Leo «L Gent, at a district meeting held at Golden Star Chapter No. 254, 
Dryden, Ont., on Sept. 16th, 1972. 

Following my installation, I appointed Ex. Comp. S. 0. Norman as 
my secretary, who has been most helpful to me. I also appointed Ex. 
Comp. G. Amos as chairman of Masonic Education, and Ex. Comp. R. 
Jackson as chairman of the Bursary Fund. 

On Oct. 9th I made my first official visit to Alberton Chapter, No. 
152, Fort Francis, Ont. I was received in a very dignified manner. 
152, Fort Francis, Ont. I was received in a very dignified manner. 
I am confident that the officers are capable of conferring all degrees. 

On Oct. 11th I carried out my visit to Atwood Chapter No. 149, at 
Rainy River. This is the smallest Chapter in the province, with a mem- 
bership of only 39 members. At the time of my visit their Chapter being 
in rented premises, the building had been condemned and it was neces- 
sary for them to seek new quarters. I am happy to report that this 
has now been affected, and they have new accommodation. 

On Oct. 17th I made my official visit to Shuniah Chapter No. 82, 
Thunder Bay. Again I was very well received. The M.E.M. Degree 
was exemplified in a very capable manner. 

On Oct. 25th I visited with the Companions at Golden Chapter No. 90, 
Kenora. Having visited with the Companions of this Chapter before my 
election to District Grand Superintendent, I was very warmly received. 
The M.M.M. Degree was conferred on two Brothers. 

My next visit was to Quetico Chapter No. 259, Atikokan. Again 
this is a small Chapter with 52 Members. The M.M.M. degree was 
conferred on one Brother. This is a small and remote community, but 
the spirit and companionship of this Chapter are excellent. 

On Nov. 6th I visited with the Companions of Fort William Chapter 
No. 140, Thunder Bay. The M.M.M. Degree was conferred on one 
Brother. This Chapter is to be complimented on the very capable man- 
ner in which they carried out their degree work. The First Principal 
was suddenly called away, and the officers carried on very ably. 

My last visit was to Golden Star Chapter No. 254, Dryden. The 
M.M.M. Degree was conferred on one Brother. I was received in a very 
dignified manner and spent an enjoyable evening in fellowship with the 
Companions. 

On all my visits I have stressed the importance of attendance, and 
have requested that all Chapters hold a Ladies' Night, an All Members' 
Night, a Past Principals' Night. I have been assured that this will 
be done before summer recess. I trust these meetings will improve 
attendance throughout the district. 

District Number 14 covers a large area, being some 300 miles from 
Chapter to Chapter. Because of the distance involved I have not been 
able to visit each Chapter as often as I would have wished. 

I would like to express my appreciation to all the Companions 
throughout the district for their loyal support during my term of office, 



54 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

and solicit for my successor the same loyal support. 

Finally to Most Ex. Comp. Leo. J. Gent I extend my appreciation 
for the privilege of serving- as his representative in Algoma District. 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 15 
Rt. Ex. Comp. E. E. McWilliams 

As the representative of the Grand First Principal I have the honour 
to submit my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in New 
Ontario District No. 15 for the year 1972. 

Ex. Comp. Harry O'Hara was appointed as my secretary. He 
accompanied me on all visits, assisting in our work wherever possible. 

Degree work was conferred at each official visit. The ritual work 
was very well done in each Chapter. The candidates impressed me as 
Companions who would be an asset to their Chapters in years to come. 

Our visits were made in the following order with a degree con- 
ferred on candidates by each Chapter. 

Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury, Sept. 21, 1972. This Chapter is 
the largest of our Chapters and is in very good financial condition. The 
officers are proficient in their ritual work. 

Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 22, 1972. The 
Officers and Companions had a busy year with 14 Candidates and a 
total gain in membership of 5 over suspensions, deaths, etc. 

St. John's Chapter No. 103, North Bay, Oct. 5, 1972. We were 
received in a dignified and friendly manner. The degree work was well 
done. 

Espanola Chapter No. 257 Espanola, Oct. 17, 1972. This Chapter 
has to contend with the long distance to be travelled by some of the 
Officers for each meeting. It is to the credit of Officers to have an 
above average attendance at each meeting. 

The Chapter of Instruction held in Sudbury on Saturday, Oct. 28, 
had around 38 Companions present. Tuscan Chapter conferred the 
M.M.M. Degree on two candidates followed by a M.E.M. Degree con- 
ferred by St. John's Chapter. The ritual work was very effective. This 
was a rewarding and profitable meeting for all. 

I wish to express my thanks to the Companions in the District for 
electing me as Grand Superintendent and to the Most Ex. Grand First 
Principal for confirming their choice. 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT No. 16 
Rt. Ex. Comp. E. R. MacElwee 

May I first express my thanks to the Past Principals and Members 
of Northern Lights Chapter No. 213 for proposing me for the pffice 
of Grand Superintendent, and to the Past Principals of the District for 
their confidence in electing me to this high office, also to the Grand 
First Principal, M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z. for confirming my 
election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. H. H. Redden as my District 
Secretary. He accompanied me on all but one of my official visits, and 
was most efficient in making his reports. 

Official visits were made to each Chapter in the district and I was 
received in a dignified manner, and warmly welcomed as a representative 
of the M. Ex. Grand First Principal. 

On Wed., June 21, I attended Northern Lights Chapter No. 213 and 
presented Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Ralph with his 50 Year Jewel. 

On Sat., June 24, I held a Lodge of Instruction at the Masonic 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 55 

Hall in Timmins at 2:00 p.m. There was a poor turnout from the 
District. However, it was beneficial to those who did attend. 

On Wed., Sept. 20th, I made my official visit to Kirkland Chapter 
No. 251, where the M.E.M. Degree was conferred in a very efficient 
manner. I was warmly welcomed by all present. On this same date in 
Northern Lights Chapter No. 213, Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Ralph presented 
Comp. C. Sellars with his 50 Year Jewel. 

On Thursday, Oct. 12th, I attended Temiskaming Chapter No. 169, 
Haileybury, with four members of Northern Lights making the trip. 
We were treated to a banquet, after which we attended Chapter, 
A number of officers were not present, so the M.M.M. Degree was not 
exemplified as planned. 

Sunday, Oct. 22nd Northern Lights Chapter No. 213 held a church 
parade at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Timmins. Ex. Comp. very Rev. 
G. C. C. Scovil is the Dean of the church. Approximately 20 attended, 
beside the ushers. The service was very impressive and pertained to 
R.A.M. in general. 

On Thursday, Oct. 26th, I made my official visit to Abitibi Chapter 
No. 223, held in Timmins at the Masonic Hall. The M.M.M. Degree was 
exemplified, because the candidate was not available. The work was 
done in an efficient manner. I expect to see the M.M.M. Degree con- 
ferred at their November meeting in Timmins 

On Wed., Nov. 15th, I made my official visit to Northern Lights 
Chapter No. 213. The R.A. Degree was conferred in a very efficient 
manner. 

In closing I would like to say that some Chapters in the District 
are having problems with attendance and getting new candidates. 
However, the Companions deserve a lot of credit for carrying on over 
the years, and maybe times will be better in the future. 

Once more I wish to thank all the Chapters in the District for 
their support, and wish the best to my successor and offer my support 
and assistance to him. 



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REPORT OF THE GRAND SCRIBE E. 



To the M. Ex. The Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 

Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province of Ontario. 

No. Name of Chapter Charges Dr. Cr. 

1 Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui $310.70 $ $ 6.40 

2 The Hiram 206.00 4.65 

3 St. John's, London 91.35 13.45 

4 St. Andrew & St. John 140.25 3.50 

5 St. George's 191.90 44.00 

6 St. John's, Hamilton 195.85 4.15 

7 The Moira 333.20 19.40 

8 King Solomon's 603.00 8.80 

15 Wawanosh 275.70 26.20 

16 Carleton 746.90 7.70 

18 Oxford 312.20 5.60 

19 Mount Moriah 314.30 7.60 

20 Mount Horeb 110.20 65.00 

22 Grenville 103.00 47.20 

23 Ezra 213.15 2.10 

24 Tecumseh 337.95 45.40 

26 St. Mark's 192.55 5.00 

27 Manitou 204.70 3.30 

28 Pentalpha 364.20 25.10 

29 McCallum 166.35 0.10 

30 Huron 237.25 4.10 

31 Prince Edward 231.65 5.60 

32 Waterloo 287.95 12.45 

34 Signet 157.40 2.40 

35 Keystone, Whitby 158.80 5.40 

36 Corinthian 598.45 5.95 

37 Victoria, Port Hope 173.30 6.75 

40 Guelph 245.15 102.05 

41 Harris 174.10 11.70 

44 Mount Sinai, Napanee 188.45 70.75 

45 Excelsior 96.00 3.55 

46 St. James 107.40 2.40 

47 Wellington 167.95 

48 St. John's, Cobourg 108.45 3.80 

53 Bruce 85.40 80 

54 Palestine, St. Thomas 363.85 2.80 

55 Niagara 110.60 1.00 

56 Georgian 96.10 7.60 

57 King Hiram 181.55 1.20 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 332.55 3.33 

61 Granite 184.30 1.60 

62 York 185.10 78.70 

63 Havelock 116.35 4.00 

64 Wilson 166.60 19.15 

65 St. Paul's, Toronto 80.95 18.40 

66 The Malloch 100.19 7.15 

67 Enterprise 158.25 4.15 

68 Maitland 134.90 10.50 

69 Grimsby 109.55 0.45 

71 Prince of Wales, Essex 188.75 85.20 

72 Keystone Stirling 107.40 13.60 

73 Erie 195.64 18.10 

74 Beaver, Strathroy 155.65 8.80 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 57 

No. Name of Chapter Charges Dr. Cr. 

75 St. Clair, Milton 123.80 0.60 

76 Mount Nebo 103.20 8.95 

77 Occident 244.15 15.00 

78 Minnewawa 183.40 8.35 

79 Orient 133.40 9.60 

80 Ark 273.70 9.30 

81 Aylmer 133.60 0.80 

82 Shuniah 353.85 3.15 

83 Ionic, Orangeville 159.20 65.70 

84 Lebanon, Wingham 85.40 1.60 

88 MacNabb 126.40 5.80 

90 Golden 305.25 43.80 

91 Toronto-Antiquity 197.20 5.70 

94 Midland 166.05 10.45 

95 Tuscan 562.30 31.97 

102 Algonquin 389.80 11.03 

103 St. John's, North Bay 258.90 3.65 

104 White Oak 183.05 0.80 

110 Warkworth 94.35 43.55 

112 St. John's, Morrisburg 65.60 65.80 

113 Covenant 319.00 3.80 

114 Bonnechere -167.75 42.79 

115 Brant 159.95 4.95 

116 Maple 141.95 0.80 

117 Kitchener 267.60 15.30 

119 King Cyrus, Leamington 319.70' 3.45 

129 Elliott 139.90 4.70 

130 Chantry 108.10 0.80 

131 Amabel 151.40 1.60 

132 Leeds 115.60 4.60 

133 St. Francis 327.35 12.40 

134 King Darius 89.70 1.10 

135 Succoth 82.00 12.75 

138 Shekinah 507.90 3.40 

140 Fort William 187.20 21.55 

143 Glengarry 117.90 13.25 

144 Presqu'ile 49.20 41.60 

145 The St. Patrick 90.30 88.50 

146 Bernard 164.60 5.05 

147 Lucknow 55.20 7.75 

148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 94.95 1.00 

149 Atwood 68.60 0.80 

150 London 151.40 7.20 

151 Laurentian 257.10 22.00 

152 Alberton 279.75 4.00 

153 Sombra 138.35 6.65 

155 Ancaster 139.90 3.50 

161 Madoc 131.40 3.60 

167 Kichikewana 207.40 14.10 

168 Ionic, Campbellford 152.05 7.15 

169 Temiskaming 85.60 58.45 

175 The Hamilton 126.60 3.20 

184 Hugh Murray 124.80 5.70 

195 Peel 312.95 5.60 

198 Couchiching 199.95 15.35 

205 Victoria, Thornhill 202.15 5.60 

210 Kitchener, Russell 116.45 3.30 

212 Mount Sinai, Toronto 621.50 34.20 



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No. Name of Chapter Charges Dr. 

213 Northern Lights 203.40 91.20 

214 Vimy 155.85 11.20 

215 Mimico 333.30 

217 St. Alban's 172.50 

218 Pr. Edward, Shelburne 82.95 5.10 

219 Ulster 58.50 

220 Lebanon, Etobicoke 211.05 

221 Durham 96.70 1.85 

222 Ottawa 458.50 

223 Abitibi 92.00 

224 Keystone, Hamilton 181.70 0.65 

225 Beaver 166.00 2.70 

226 Prince of Wales, Perth 256.10 1.60 

227 Quinte Friendship 402.10 

230 Port Credit 185.05 

231 St. Clair, Toronto 268.30 39.25 

232 King Cyrus, Toronto 165.15 

233 Oakwood 121.45 

234 Halton 261.55 1.40 

235 Aurora 168.65 

236 Caledonia 48.80 

238 The St. Andrew 316.69 1.60 

239 Blenheim 190.20 1.60 

240 Smithville 57.40 54.40 

241 University 101.95 0.80 

242 St. Paul's, Lambeth 112.75 52.80 

243 McKay 214.95 76.80 

245 Preston 150.30 6.50 

246 Humber 204.45 

247 Nilestown 260.20 

248 Dochert 140.60 0.60 

249 Palestine, Bowmanville 147.40 

250 Thomas Peters 239.30 

251 Kirkland 173.60 21.40 

252 Hiawatha 373.90 

253 Regal 56.80 57.60 

254 Golden Star 337.25 

255 Tillsonburg 117.15 

257 Espanola 163.75 

258 Tyrian 103.60 

259 Quetico 84.15 

260 Centennial 150.60 12.15 

261 Seguin 81.15 1.95 

262 King David 129.75 

263 Scarborough 259.45 

300-1 Alberta Grand Chapter 79.00 70.00 

300-5 Nova Scotia Grand Chapter 3.00 3.00 

300-4 New Brunswick Grand Chapter 193.00 28.25 

300-11 Education Committee 119.42 

300-3 Manitoba Grand Chapter 72.85 

300-6 Quebec Grand Chapter 70.70 

300-7 Saskatchewan Grand Chapter .... 477.85 

31667.57 1530.47 



Cr. 



11.80 
3.95 

49.60 
1.60 

111.75 
2.80 



25.00 
8.80 

32.81 
1.40 

4.15 
34.80 



5.80 
0.50 

6.75 
6.40 



146.00 
4.95 
3.80 
5.20 
3.45 



26.40 



1336.28 



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CASH RECEIPTS 

For The Year Ended February 28th, 1973 

Receipts from the Chapters $31,015.54 

Grand Convocation and Executive Committee Receipts 3,237.63 

Interests on Investments 2,401.25 

Receipts from other Grand Chapters 935.70 

$37,590.12 

Examined and Verified 

HAUER, SNIDER & ASSOCIATES 

REMARKS OF GRAND SCRIBE E. 

In this booklet I submit the summary of reports that you have sent 
into your Grand Chapter Office and also the state of the finances of your 
Grand Jurisdiction as shown in the Auditor's report. 

I would remind you that Grand Chapter does not belong to a few 
elected officers, it belongs to you. You have selected, carefully or other- 
wise, these officers to manage your affairs of the Grand Jurisdiction and 
give you leadership. Their success in managing your affairs depends, to a 
great extent, on the co-operation they receive from you and give to you. 
It cannot be, if successful, a one-sided entity. In order to save time, costs 
and effort, it is necessary to receive reports within the stated time. Many 
of our Companions watch this very carefully and this is greatly appre- 
ciated. 

Some of our Companions give much of their personal time serving 
on special committees and wherever they can assist throughout the Juris- 
diction. Their efforts on your behalf should be noted and appreciated. In 
relation to the- work in your Grand Chapter Office, I would personally 
wish to thank and name Ex. Comp. Herbert Powell, Ex. Comp. William 
Prentice, R. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull and V. Ex. Comp. Cliff Rich for 
their assistance in the office on various occasions. Their assistance has 
saved us money and helped get reports checked for printing. 

There has been an improvement in the timing of requests for certi- 
ficates and generally these are not now left until the end of the year. The 
request for a certificate should reach our office within 30 days of the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree. We have attempted to have these back to you 
at an early date for presentation to our new Companion. 

I have enjoyed working under our Grand Z, M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. 
Gent, this year. His leadership and direction given for the good of the 
Grand Jurisdiction has made the office work most interesting although 
quite strenuous. Members of the Advisory Committee have been most 
helpful in their advice. Our Secretary, Mrs. Margaret Wright, has become 
quite conversant with many phases of the office procedure. She is very 
pleasant to work with and to meet those who come into the office. We are 
fortunate to have such assistance at the office level. 

May we enter the 1973'-74 year ready for that which comes our way 
and may we Companions stimulat i those around us to achieve much suc- 
cess for the Grand Jurisdiction. 

Fraternally yours, 

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ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 65 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INVESTMENTS 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario, 1972-73. 

Your committee reports the following investments: 
GENERAL ACCOUNT 

Hydro Electric Power Comm. 4% July 15th 1974 $ 6,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Comm. 3V 2 % Oct. 15th 1979 28,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4*/ 2 % Sept. 1st 1983 __17,500.0() 

TOTAL $51,500.00 
VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Canada Permanent Mortg. Corp. 7V 2 % June 14th 1976 $ 8,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortg. Corp. 8% July 15th 1976 1,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortg. Corp. 8%, Aug. 15th 1976 21,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortg. Corp. 8%, Nov. 1st 1976 6,500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortg. Corp. 8%, Nov. 27th 1976 2,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortg. Corp. 7% Jan. 9th 1977 3,000.00 

Royal Trust Co., 7%% Nov. 30th 1976 3,000.00 

National Trust Co. Ltd., 8V 2 %, Nov. 16th 1975 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario 3%, Oct. 15th 1977 1,000.00 

Hydro Elec. Power Comm. 3V 2 %, Oct. 18th 1979 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada 4y 2 %, Sept. 1st 1983 11,700.00 

Canadian Imperial Bank of 

Commerce Certificates (9) 7%, Mar. 1st 1978 9,500,00 

TOTAL $77,700.00 
NON CAPITAL INVESTMENTS 

Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 % May 2nd 1975 $ 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, Oct. 15th 1977 4 ,000.00 

TOTAL $ 7,000.00 
LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

Metropolitan Toronto, 3y 2 %, May 2nd 1975 $22,000.00 

Can. Imperial Bank of 

Commerce Certificates (5) 7%, Mar. 1st, 1978 5 ,000.00 

TOTAL $27,000.00 
THE BURSARY FUND 

State of Israel Savings Bonds, Dec. 1, 1976 (face value) $ 300.00 

Province of Ontario, 3% Oct. 15th 1977 7,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 7, 8, 8&%, Nov. 1st 1978 5,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 %, Sept. 1st 1983 3,300.00 

Can. Imperial Bank of 

Commerce Certificates (2), 7%, Mar. 1st 1978 2,000.00 

TOTAL $17,600.00 
It is still the feeling of your Chairman, supported, I hope, by the 
other members of the committee, that short term Trust Company securi- 
ties are still the best investment that we can make at the present time. 
You will note that additional funds have been invested in the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, the Life-Membership Fund and the Burs- 
ary Fund, indicating an improvement in the financial standing of these 
several accounts. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce certificates were 
purchased, at a lower rate of interest, because it was felt that this money 
might be required in the operation of the funds before the maturity date. 
No other changes occurred in the Investment portfolio during the 
past year. 

I acknowledge with grateful thanks the assistance and co-operation 
of Rt. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Thomson, Rt. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson, 
the Grand First Principal and the Grand Scribe E. 

Fraternally submitted, 

FRED SCOTT 

Chairman. 



66 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

AUDITOR'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Most Excellent Companion, L. J. Gent, Q.C., B.A., Grand First Principal, 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario, Suite 205, 240 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir, 

We have examined the books of account and supporting records of the 
Grand Scribe E of Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario for the year ended February 28, 1973 and have 
prepared the Financial Statements listed below. 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1973. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for 
the year ended February 28, 1973. 

Exhibit "C" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as at Feb- 
ruary 28, 1973. 

Exhibit "D" — The Commuted Membership Fund — Grand Chapter as 
at February 28, 1973. 

Exhibit "E" — The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at February 
28, 1973. 

Exhibit "F"— The Bursary Fund as at February 28, 1973. 

COMMENTS 

Our examination included a general review of the accounting pro- 
cedures and such tests of the accounting records and other supporting 
evidence, as we considered necessary in the circumstances. 

Cash on hand was counted and found to be in order. 

The several bank accounts were verified and all banking transactions 
for the year were examined in detail for the several funds. 

We recommend that balance due from the Bursary Fund and the 
Commuted Membership Fund be transferred to the General Account as 
soon as possible. 

The Accounts Receivable Chapters' was reviewed in detail and the 
balance of $194.19 is made up of Accounts Receivable, $1,530.47, less de- 
ferred payments received from Chapters in advance, $1,336.28. 

The list of inventories of Supplies for Resale and Jewels was furn- 
ished to us by the Grand Scribe E. Our examination consisted of checking 
the arithmetical accuracy of the pricing times the items shown thereon. 

The investments of the several Funds as presented in the attached 
Financial Statements are held in a safe deposit box at the Canadian Im- 
perial Bank of Commerce, Eglinton and Mount Pleasant Branch. We 
attended at the Bank on March 5, 1973 with two of the custodians and 
found all investments to be in order. 

In our opinion, the accompanying Balance Sheet, Comparative Reve- 
nue and Expenditure Account and related Statements of Funds present 
fairly the financial position of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario as at February 28, 1973 and 
the results of its operations for the year ended on that date in accordance 
with generally accepted accounting principles applied on a basis consis- 
tant with that of the preceding year. 

HAUER, SNIDER & ASSOCIATES, 

Chartered Accountants. 
Toronto, Ontario. 
March 22, 1973. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 67 

BALANCE SHEET AS AT FEBRUARY 28, 1973 

Exhibit "A" 
ASSETS 

CURRENT ASSETS: 

Cash on Hand $ 50.00 

Cash in Bank: 

Imprest Fund 498.88 

General Fund 5,857.11 

Accounts Receivable — Chapters 194.19 

Prepaid Insurance 57.00 

Accrued Interest on Investments 390.00 

Due from Bursary Fund 420.05 

Due from Commuted Membership Fund 1,183 .85 $ 8,651.08 

Inventories: 

Jewels 844.15 2,763.80 

Supplies for Resale 1,919.6 5 

INVESTMENTS: 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 4%— July 15, 1974 6,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3 y 2 %— October 15, 1974 28,000.00 
Government of Canada— 4 V 2 %— Sept. 1, 1983 17,500.00 

51,500.00 



Less: Unamortized Discount 




3.93 


51,496.07 


FIXED ASSETS: 

Furniture, Fixtures and 

Equipment (Cost) 

Less: Accumulated Depreciation ... 


14,608.53 
14,594,64 


13.89 




Grand Chapter Library 

Grand Chapter Regalia 




250.00 

75.00 


338.89 



SPECIAL FUND: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 87,107.60 

The Commuted Membership Fund 28,613.15 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund 73.13 

The Bursary Fund 19,262.60 135,05 6.48 

$198,306.32 

LIABILITIES 

CURRENT LIABILITIES: 

Accrued Employees Deductions 221.70 

Reserve for Special Funds 135,056.48 

GENERAL RESERVE: 

Balance— February 29, 1972 64,980.78 

Less: Excess of Expenditures over Revenue .. 1,952.64 63,028.14 

$198,306^32 



68 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Exhibit "B" 
COMPARATIVE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT 

For The Year Ended February 28, 1973 

REVENUE Balance 

Estimated Actual Over 
Revenue Revenue or (Under) 

Fees $ 1,700.00 $ 1,678.60 $ (21.40) 

Dues— Per Capita 27,200.00 26,523.16 (676.84) 

Dues— Life Memberships 1,600.00 1,895.65 295.65 

Dispensations and Warrants 175.00 207.40 32.40 

Sale of Supplies 2,000.00 1,905.65 (94.35) 

Interest on Investments 2,025.00 2,002.52 (22.48) 

TOTAL REVENUE 34,700.00 34,212.98 (487.02) 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE 35,300.0 36,165.62 865.62 

ESTIMATED DEFICIT $__600lOO 

EXCESS OF EXPENDITURE OVER 

REVENUE FOR THE YEAR $1,952.64 $1,352.64 

EXPENDITURE 

Estimated Actual Balance Over 

Expenditure Expenditures or (Under) 
GRAND SCRIBE E: 

Compensation $ 6,500.00 $ 6,491.06 (8.94) 

Office Assistance 5,300.00 5,974.42 674.42 

Rent 4,800.00 4,725.00 (75.00) 

Miscellaneous (Telephone, 

Postage, etc.) 2,500.00 2,858.32 358.32 

Canada Pension Plan 180.00 180.04 .04 

Workmen's Compensation 20.00 23.20 3.20 

Unemployment Insurance 200.00 147.14 (52.86) 

19,50 0.0 20,399.18 899.18 

Foreign Correspondence 50.00 (50.00) 

Audit 600.00 600.00 

PRINTING: 

Proceedings 2,500.00 1,936.98 (563.02) 

Gerieral _ 750.00 1,399.25 649.25 

3,900.00 3,936.23 36.23 

TRAVELLING: 

Grand Z 2,000.00 2,000.00 — 

General 200.0 — (200.00) 

2,200.00 2,000.00 (200.00) 

EXPENSES: 

Convocations 2,800.00 4,399.73 1,599.73 

Executive Committee 2,200.00 2,418.58 218J58_ 

5,000.00 6,818^31 1,818.31 

OTHER: 

Liability and Bonding 

Insurance 850.00 673.02 (176.98) 

Jewels and Engraving 1,100.00 642.37 (457.63) 

Education and Instruction 200.00 107.70 (92.30) 

Supplies for Resale 1,000.00 812.09 (187.91) 

Publicity 600 00 — (600.00) 

Archives 3 00.00 170.00 (130.00) 

4,050.00 2,405.18 (1,644.82) 
GRAND Z: 

Regalia 250.00 256.72 6.72 

Testimonial 350.00 350.00 — 

Regalia Repairs _ 50.00 — (50.00 ) 

650.00 606.72 (43.28)" 

Total Expenditure $35,300.00 $36,165.62 $865.62 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 69 

Exhibit "C" 
THE VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
As At February 28, 1973 
Balance— March 1, 1972 

Capital $67,443.22 

Unexpected Income 16,062.55 $83,505.77 

Add 

Interest on Investments 5,106.89 

Amortization of Bond Discount 39.74 

Bank Interest 310.20 

Donations— F. W. Dean 100.00 5,556.83 

89,062.60 
Deduct: 

Benevolence 1,955.00 

Balance— February 28, 1973 

Capital 67,582.96 

Unexpended Income 19,524.64 $87,107.60 

ASSETS 

Cash in Bank 11,360.46 

Accrued Interest 750.00 12,110.46 

INVESTMENTS: 
Non-Capital: 

Metropolitan Toronto— 3 V 2 %— May 2, 1975 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3 %— Oct. 15, 1975 4,000.00 7,000.00 

Capital: 

National Trust— 8 V 2 %— Nov. 16, 1975 9,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage — 

7V 2 %— June 4, 1976 8,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage — 

8%— July 20, 1976 1,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage — 

8%— August 15, 1976 21,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage — 

8%— November 1, 1976 6,500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage — 

8%— November 27, 1976 2,000.00 

Royal Trust— 7V2%— Nov. 30, 1976 3,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage — 

7%— January 9, 1977 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3 %— Oct. 15, 1977 ... 1,000.00 
H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3V 2 %— Oct. 18, 1979 2,000.00 
Government of Canada — 

4V 2 %— September 1, 1983 200.00 

Government of Canada — 

4 V 2 %— September 1, 1983 11,500.00 

68,200.00 
Less: 

Unamortized Bond Discount 202.86 67,997.14 

$87.107 60 



70 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Exhibit "D" 

THE COMMUTED MEMBERSHIP FUND— GRAND CHAPTER 

As At February 28, 1973 

Balance— March 1, 1972 $28,316.13 

Add: 

Interest on Investments $ 833.33 

Bank Interest 259.34 

Commuted Members and Honorary 

Memberships Issued 1,100.00 2,192.67 

30,508.80 
Deduct: 

Commuted Membership dues 1,895.65 

' $28,613.15 



ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

ASSETS: 

Cash in Bank 7,557.00 

Accrued Interest 320.00 7,877.00 

Investment: 

Metropolitan Toronto— 3 V 2 %— May 2, 1975 22,000.00 

29,877.00 

LIABILITIES: 

Due to General Fund 1,183.85 

Deposits received from Chapters re Honorary 

or Commuted Memberships to be accepted 

When provisions of the Constitution have 

been adhered to 80.00 1,263.85 

$28,613.15 



Exhibit "E" 

THE CHAPTERS' LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 
As At February 28, 1973 

Balance— March 1, 1972 $136.73 

Add — Bank Interest - 5.40 



142.13 
Deduct — 1971 and 1972 dues transferred to General Account for 

Credit to the Chapters' Account 69.00 

$ 73.13 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

ASSETS: 

Cash in Bank $73.13 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 71 

THE BURSARY FUND Exhibit "F" 

As At February 28, 1973 

Balance— March 1, 1972 $19,574.21 

Add: 

Donations $5,358.95 

Interest on Investments 596.58 

Bank Interest 122.86 6,078.39 

Deduct: 25,652.60 

Bursaries and Scholarships $6,390.00 

$19,262.60 
ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

Cash in Bank 2,778.85 

Accrued Interest 1,304.25 4,083.10 

INVESTMENTS: 

State of Israel— December 1, 1976 300.00 

Province of Ontario— 3 %— October 15, 1977 .... 7,000.00 
Government of Canada — 7, 8, 8 1 / 4% — 

November 1, 1978 5,000.00 

Government of Canada — 4%% — 

September 1, 1983 3,300.00 1 5,6 00.00 

19,683.10 
LIABILITIES: 

Due to the General Fund 420.50 

$19,262.60 

REPORT OF THE PRINTING AND SUPPLIES COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

During the past year, liaison was maintained with the Grand SE as 
to printing costs. Quotations were obtained from several printing firms, 
whenever the need arose for forms, pamphlets, etc., in order to obtain 
the most economical cost. This information was made available to our 
Grand Z. 

Your Committee on Printing and Supplies has received the expendi- 
tures for the year ending February 28th, 1973, and submits the following 
analysis in support thereof: 

Printing Proceedings $1,936.98 

Printing General 1,399.25 

$3,336.23 
It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed at 
the disposal of the Printing and Supplies Committee for the fiscal year 
1973-74: 

Printing Proceedings $2,200.00 

Printing General 750.00 

Printing for Resale 

Constitutions (1500) $2,200.00 

Rituals (1500) 1,800.00 

4,000.00 
$6,950.00 
The estimated costs for 1973-'74 are in keeping with the general 
increase in printing costs. The budget for Printing for Resale is neces- 
sary due to the issuing of a revised Constitution and Ritual. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Tenenbaum, Chairman 
R. Ex. Comp. Edward W. Elcombe 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Tenenbaum, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Edward W. Elcombe, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Printing and Supplies Committee 
be received and adopted. 

Carried. 
Respectfully submitted with fraternal greetings, 

R. Ex. Samuel Tenenbaum, 
Chairman, Printing and Supplies Committee. 



72 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 



ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF CHAPTERS 



No. Name of Chapter 


Dist. No 


. No 


Name of Chapter Dist. No, 


223 Abitibi 


16 


167 


Kichikewana 


9 


152 Alberton 


14 


119 


King Cyrus, Leamington 


1 


102 Algonquin 


15 


232 


King Cyrus, Toronto 


8A 


131 Amabel 


9 


134 


King Darius 


10 


155 Ancaster 


5 


262 


King David 


5 


1 Ancient Frontenac & 




57 


King Hiram 


7 


Cataraqui 


12 


8 


King Solomon's 


8 


80 Ark 


1 


251 


Kirkland 


16 


149 Atwood 


14 


117 


Kitchener 


4 


235 Aurora 


8 


210 


Kitchener, Russell 


13 


81 Aylmer 


2 


151 


Laurentian 


13 


74 Beaver, Strathroy 


2 


220 


Lebanon, Etobicoke 


8A 


225 Beaver, Toronto 


8 


84 


Lebanon, Wingham 


6 


146 Bernard 


6 


132 


Leeds 


12 


239 Blenheim 


1 


150 


London 


2 


114 Bonnechere 


13 


147 


Lucknow 


6 


115 Brant 


3 


88 


MacNabb 


1 


53 Bruce 


2 


29 


McCallum 


7 


236 Caledonia 


5 


243 


McKay 


5 


16 Carleton 


13 


161 


Madoc 


11 


260 Centennial 


8A 


66 The Malloch 


6 


130 Chantry 


9 


68 


Maitland 


12 


36 Corinthian 


10 


27 


Manitou 


9 


113 Covenant 


12 


116 Maple 


13 


198 Couchiching 


9 


94 


Midland 


10 


248 Dochert 


13 


215 


Mimico 


8A 


221 Durham 


4 


78 


Minnewawa 


2 


129 Elliott 


6 


7 


The Moria 


11 


67 Enterprise 


4 


20 


Mount Horeb 


3 


257 Espanola 


15 


19 


Mount Moriah 


7 


73 Erie - 


1 


76 


Mount Nebo 


7 


45 Excelsior 


10 


44 


Mount Sinai, Napanee 


11 


23 Ezra 


3 


212 


Mount Sinai, Toronto 


8A 


140 Fort William 


14 


55 


Niagara 


7 


56 Georgian 


9 


247 


Nilestown 


2 


143 Glengarry 


13 


213 


Northern Lights 


16 


90 Golden 


14 


233 


Oakwood 


8A 


254 Golden Star 


14 


77 


Occident 


8A 


61 Granite 


13 


79 


Orient 


8 


22 Grenville 


12 


222 


Ottawa 


13 


69 Grimsby 


7 


18 


Oxford 


3 


40 Guelph 


4 


249 


Palestine, Bowmanville 


- 10 


234 Halton 


4 


54 


Palestine, St. Thomas 


2 


175 The Hamilton 


5 


195 


Peel 


8A 


41 Harris 


3 


28 


Pentalpha 


10 


63 Havelock 


6 


230 


Port Credit 


8A 


252 Hiawatha 


2 


144 


Presqu'ile 


11 


2 The Hiram 


5 


245 


Preston 


4 


184 Hugh Murray 


7 


31 


Prince Edward 


11 


246 Humber 


8A 


218 


Prince Edward, Shelburne 


30 Huron 


6 


71 


Prince of Wales, Essex 


1 


168 Ionic, Campbellford 


10 


226 


Prince of Wales, Perth 


13 


83 Ionic, Orangeville 


4 


259 


Quetico 


14 


224 Keystone, Hamilton 


5 


227 


Quinte Friendship 


11 


72 Keystone, Stirling 


11 


253 


Regal 


3 


35 Keystone, Whitby 


10 


217 


St. Alban's 


8 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 73 

No. Name of Chapter Dist. No. No. Name of Chapter Dist. No. 



238 The St. Andrew 


2 


153 Sombra 


1 


4 St. Andrew & St. John 


8 


135 Succoth 


8 


75 St. Clair, Milton 


5 


59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 


12 


231 St. Clair, Toronto 


8A 


24 Tecumseh 


6 


133 St. Francis 


13 


169 Temiskaming 


16 


5 St. George's 


2 


250 Thomas Peters 


1 


46 St. James 


6 


255 Tillsonburg 


3 


48 St. John's, Cobourg 


10 


91 Toronto-Antiquity 


8A 


6 St. John's, Hamilton 


5 


95 Tuscan 


15 


3 St. John's, London 


2 


258 Tyrian 


8 


112 St. John's, Morrisburg 


12 


219 Ulster 


8A 


103 St. John's, North Bay 


15 


241 University 


8 


148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 


13 


37 Victoria, Port Hope 


10 


26 St. Mark's 


11 


205 Victoria, Thornhill 


8 


145 St. Patrick 


8 


214 Vimy 


2 


242 St. Paul's, Lambeth 


2 


110 Warkworth 


10 


263 The Scarborough 


8 


32 Waterloo 


4 


261 Seguin 


9 


15 Wawanosh 


2 


138 Shekinah 


8A 


47 Wellington 


1 


82 Shuniah 


14 


104 White Oak 


5 


34 Signet 


9 


64 Willson 


7 


240 Smithville 


7 


62 York 


8 



REPORTS ON WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 
1972-73 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Warrants and Dispensations beg leave to report 
that there were no requests during the past year. 

We do understand that a request will be forthcoming in the near 
future. This Committee will cheerfully accept its duties when called 
upon by the Grand First Principal. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
RT. EX. COMP. DONALD ATTRIDGE, 
RT. EX. COMP. WILLIAM H. CHEETHAM, 
RT. EX. COMP. LESLIE C. EWENER, 
RT. EX. COMP. WILLIAM H. SPROULE, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Wm. H. Sproule and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC RELATIONS 

To The Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of The Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the 
Province of Ontario. 

The principal effort of the Committee thus far has been the gather- 
ing, sorting and arranging of interesting Royal Arch news and informa- 
tion. This has formed the content of "The Keystone", which has been 
sent to every Grand Superintendent for distribution to Chapters, a copy 
for each Companion. We encourage each Chapter or Companion to send 
in items of interest for subsequent issues, and hope that sufficient sup- 



74 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

port will be approved by Grand Chapter to permit its publication twice 
a year. 

We are convinced that the knowledge from the Chapters in the 
province printed in the Keystone will give every Companion inspiration 
to send something worthwhile in for our Committee to print. 

We hope that our Grand Chapter will find a place on their budget 
to endorse the Keystone for publication at least twice a year. 

OLLIE FLINT, 
DR. GEORGE TURNER, 
GORDON BRABY, 
GORDON HALE, 
LESLIE EWENER, 
SAM TENEBAUM, 
LLOYD GILLESPIE, 
ARTHUR HALEY, 
WM. SPROULE, 

EDWARD M. MARSHALL, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Edward M. Marshall and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
W. H. Sproule and carried, 

"That the Chapters of the Jurisdiction be requested to give a 
donation of $10.00 or more per year above their per capita fees to be 
placed in a Special Fund to defray the costs of the Keystone publication. 
This donation to be sent to the office of the Grand Scribe E." 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions 

of Grand Chapter. 
Most Excellent Sirs and Companions: 

It is a distinct pleasure again to have the privilege of reporting 
that your Committee on Grievances and Appeals has had no cases of 
such brought to our attention so it is considered that peace, harmony 
and happiness prevail throughout our Grand Jurisdiction and in these 
troubled and upsetting times, this should be thought of as an auspicious 
happening. 

Fraternally and respectfully submitted. 

M. EX. COMP. JAMES GIRVEN, 
R. EX. COMP. WILLIAM GUMMER, 
R. EX. COMP. AUBE L. WEISMAN, 
R. EX. COMP. MAARTEN VAN WAMELEN, 
M. EX. COMP. BRUCE H. SMITH, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Bruce H. Smith and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the Applications for 

Benevolence submitted by the various Chapters and recommend that 

Grants be authorized from the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 75 

to the following, for the present Grand Chapter Year: — 

Chapter Grant in Favor of Amount 

8 Widow of Companion J. L $ 300.00 

102 Companion M. S. D 450.00 

138 Widow of Companion W. N 300.00 

212 Widow of Companion L. D 300.00 

$1,350.00 
We further recommend that an amount of $800.00 be provided for 
Interim Relief, should it be needed before the next Annual Convocation 
of Grand Chapter. 

The attention of all Chapters is directed to the "Rules Respecting 
Grants for Benevolence" as set forth in our Constitution. One of the 
basic Masonic Principles is the dispensing of "Relief and Assistance" 
in the case of need. The First Principal of every Chapter is charged 
with the responsibility of seeing that the requirements of the Constitu- 
tion are adhered to, including the necessity of seeing that a new Appli- 
cation is in the hands of the Grand Scribe E. each year, not later than 
January 31st. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

M. EX. COMP. B. H. SMITH, P.G.Z., 
R. EX. COMP. F. C. ACKERT, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
F. C. Ackert and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

COMMITTEE ON THE STUDY OF YOUTH, THE GAP, ETC. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of Grand Chapter. 

The Committee on the Study of the Youth Gap wish to report that 
a thorough examination has been made with respect to the possibility 
of the Chapters assisting to bring about a means whereby we may join 
together the young people of today with us, the preceding generation. 

Many were our suggestions, from the support of baseball teams to 
that oft repeated question what about Demolay. 

A great deal of correspondence has been received regarding Demolay, 
the Chairman has met with many prominent Masons who have an active 
interest and take part in the work of this body, and with the young 
leaders of the movement itself both in the United States of America and 
in both countries explaining the formation of its Chapters and the 
in other provinces in Canada. We have been deluged with literature 
from Demolay in both countries explaining the formation of its Chapters 
and the work of the organization for which we are truly grateful. We 
would thank Bro. Birkett Lishman of Ottawa who has both met with and 
written Grand Lodge endeavouring to have the proscription lifted by the 
Grand body, for his letters informing us of his letters to Grand Lodge, 
the answers he received and the results of his visitations to Hamilton, 
also for his kind offer of assistance. 

We would also thank the Grand Body of Demolay at Westminster, 
B.C., for their literature and advice, (should the day come when we 
would be in a position to start Demolay Chapters in Ontario permission 
must come from and be given by Westminster). 

We understand that our Grand Lodge has had many meetings dis- 
cussing the lifting of the proscription, however they feel that the time 
is not yet at hand when this should take place. We do believe that the 
virtue of patience must be practiced a little longer, Grand Lodge has not 
closed the door on this subject, and it may be opened quicker than we 
think, while waiting it behooves each one of us to prepare ourselves for 



76 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

this important undertaking. 

Many are those who suggest we should have Demolay but surpris- 
ingly not one Chapter has written your committee advising us that their 
Chapter would be willing to support a Chapter of Demolay when the 
time comes. 

We sent out one letter suggesting that the Chapters on an off night, 
when there was no degree work to do, form the Companions into four 
or six groups, these groups to be sent to various parts of the temple, 
have a discussion on what the Chapter could do towards assisting to 
break down this youth gap and assist the young people. Upon con- 
clusion of their discussion they would bring to their First Principal the 
findings of the group, which in turn would be assembled and sent to this 
committee. 

The response was very disappointing, very few Chapters wrote back 
to us, one Chapter wrote us a letter in which they explained that although 
they could not support this endeavour at the present moment, they hoped 
that they could be kept informed about the work of this committee. 

At present this Chapter is working hard trying to rebuild their 
Chapter to the healthy state it had been a few years ago. This they felt 
was their first interest, this we are in full agreement with. Other 
Chapters felt we should not be joining the service clubs by emulating 
their work, to this we agree. We also received letters telling us that the 
membership, particularly the Officers are loaded with obligations at 
present and had few evenings to themselves. 

We agree with the answers received which we have reported here, 
however, we are disappointed with the lack of interest shown by many 
of our Chapters who evidently filed the letters and took no action. True, 
the active members of our Lodges and Chapters are very busy men, but 
what of the Members who do not turn out? Might this have been an 
opportunity to get them out, an opportunity to get them involved in the 
work of their community and their Chapter? 

Your committee felt that these group meetings would have brought 
to light ways through which we could assist our youth in knowing us 
better and we in turn may come to understand the young people. 

The Committee on the Youth Gap respectfully suggests to you, Most 
Excellent Sir and to Grand Chapter, that the findings of this findings 
of this committee be tabled for the present. Our Grand Chapter has 
obtained an excellent reputation for the efficient manner in which it has 
managed its affairs down through the years. We believe this should 
not be jeopardized by our entry into commitments we may fail to fulfill 
through the lack of enthusiasm among some of our members. This may 
be one of the reasons why our Grand Lodge in its wisdom has failed 
to lift its proscription. 

Truly, we must be mindful that until our membership can feel a 
desire to organize and do the work which would be expected of them it 
would be better to delay entering into this field. 

The reputation of our Fraternity, to a greater or lesser degree, is 
in the keeping of each member. It is within the power of every Royal 
Arch Mason to glorify or nullify the institution. The public never reads 
Masonic books or Masonic philosophy. Its idea of our Fraternity is not 
well defined, and the sole basis of judgment it falls back upon is the 
character and works of those who are supposed to exemplify its teach- 
ings. In taking on this project we must be willing to give of our time 
and our talents 100%. 

We submit to you Most Excellent Sir this the report on Youth Gap. 
M. EX. COMP. FRED W. D. WELHAM, Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Fred W. D. Welham and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 77 

COMMITTEE ON DEDICATIONS, ANNIVERSARIES AND 
COMMUNITY SERVICE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Your Committee on Dedications, Anniversaries and Community Ser- 
vices report that they have not been a very active committee during the 
past year. We can attribute this to the support the Chapters have 
received from their respective Grand Sueprintendents with regards to 
the work of this committee and to the fact that other committees were 
duplicating the work which was ours and for which we would express 
our thanks. This undoubtedly led to the smooth operation of the 
Chapters and districts as we received no requests for assistance. Your 
committee sent to all Chapters, Superintendents and members of Grand 
Chapters a set of diagrams pertaining to the entering and leaving 
churches with different seating arrangements that there may be a 
smooth movement of the members, also the proper protocol with respect 
to the seating. 

This was followed up by letters containing instructions on proper 
protocol in the Chapter, and banquet hall, introduction of members of 
Grand Chapter, visitors, and proper proceedures to be followed at Dedi- 
cations and Anniversaries. We trust that the information will continue 
to be used in the future, by this means we shall undoubtedly uphold the 
excellent reputation our Grand Chapter has obtained down through the 
years by many other bodies and jurisdictions. 

This report is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

M. EX. COMP. FRED W. D. WELHAM, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Fred W. D. Welham and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

report of the committee on the distribution of 
"the work- 
to the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 

of Ontario. 

This is the report of a committee appointed by the Grand First 
Principal to look into the problem of the distribution of the official 
ritual entitled "The Work". 

Let me first state that this phase of our activities is not covered 
in the Constitution at all. 

The present practice is to limit the sale of these books to Principals, 
Scribes, Sojourners and Veilsmen. Formerly each Chapter was allowed 
to own five copies for loan to Companions as required, but this practice 
has been discontinued and, according to a letter from the Grand Scribe 
E., "No Chapter copies are now sent out". 

The present Application Form states that the applicant agrees to 
receive "The Work" upon the following terms, to which he is required 
to promise strict adherence. 

"That it shall be used solely for my own information and instruction, 
that I will not lend or transfer it to any individual whomsoever, nor 



78 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

copy it or any portion of it, nor improprely expose it so that others may 
acquire knowledge of its existence and purport, nor leave it about in 
such a manner as to be seen by any unqualified person." 

"That I will, at the expiration of my term of office in the Chapter, 
return the book to the Grand Scribe E., unless I shall have been advanced 
to the rank of Installed First Principal Z. and that on my death, per- 
manent disability, or in the event of my severance from Royal Arch 
Masonry, "The Work" shall become the property of the Grand Chapter, 
and it shall be returned to the Grand Scribe E." 

"All this I solemnly promise on my honour." 

In this form we are asking people to sign a promise which very few 
of them can or do keep, i.e. That I will not lend or transfer it to any 
individual whomsoever. 

That I will at the expiration of my term of office in the Chapter 
return the book to the Grand Scribe E. unless installed as Z. 

That on my death, demit, or suspension "The Work" shall become 
the property of the Grand Chapter. 

A check with the Grand Scribe E. indicates that few, if any, rituals 
are ever returned to the Grand Chapter office, and we all know that it is 
common practice to loan books to members who are asked to study 
portions of the ritual. 

So first and foremost your committee suggests that the application 
form should be revised as follows, and that it should be included in the 
new Constitution. 

APPLICATION FORM 
The Work" 

I, a Royal Arch Mason 

of Chapter No at 

hereby agree to receive 'The Work" upon the following terms, to which 
I solemnly promise strict adherence. 

THAT it shall be used solely for my own information and instruc- 
tion, that I will not copy it or any portion of it, nor improperly expose 
it so that others may acquire knowledge of its existence and purport, 
nor leave it about in such a manner as to be seen by an unqualified 
person. 

THAT on my death, permanent disability, or in the event of my 
severance from Royal Arch Masonry, "The Work" shall become the 
property of the Royal Arch Chapter through which it was purchased, 
which Chapter shall have the power to dispose of it as they see fit 
according to Constitution. 

ALL THIS I solemnly promise on my honour. 

Signature - 

P.O. Address 

Dated at 

this day of , 19 

Witness Z. or P.Z. 

NOTE: Please sign and return to the Scribe E. of your Chapter with 
$2.75. "The Work" will not be sent until this form is properly 
completed and approved. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 79 

It is the opinion of this committee that official rituals should be 
made available to every interested Royal Arch Mason who desires to 
purchase one. Failure to do this means that their only recourse is to 
borrow one from a Companion which, according* to the promise given, 
is against the rules, or to purchase a "bootleg book", which does not 
always conform to the work in the official book, and which is readily 
available in many of the book stores or Bible Houses. 

With respect to the five copies which each Chapter was at one time 
to own, we find that in most cases it is impossible for a Scribe E. to 
keep track of them and, over a period of time, most of them are lost. 

It is high time that we updated some of our antiquated procedures 
and catch up with modern times. The existence of a ritual has long 
since ceased to be a secret, although we agree that it should be carefully 
guarded. 

Acceptance of this report and the adoption of its recommendations 
will not only update our procedures and make our rituals available to 
worthy members, but will have a deterring effect on those people who 
are using this excuse to publish and sell "bootleg* rituals" to anyone who 
might wish to buy one. 

R. EX. COMP. FRED SCOTT, Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred Scott and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and referred 
to the Committee on the Study of the Work, Chairman M. Ex. Comp. 
C. W. Emmett and the Committee on the Distribution of the Work, 
(Chairman, R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott) for further study. 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF ASSISTANCE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companion: 

It is an honor to submit a report on behalf of the Committee set up 
by the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, to assist Wilson District 
No. 3. 

The Special Committee submits, herewith, its report to the Most 
Excellent Grand First Principal. 

The Committee was created to give assistance to some Chapters 
experiencing difficulties, particularly in filling the chairs of office, and 
in Degree Work. With some guidance and their own efforts, the prob- 
lems were resolved, installing boards arranged, and a Royal Arch Degree 
conferred. With such assistance being available, it is hoped that the 
Chapters will continue to serve the Masonic community. 

It is recommended that Grand Chapter, as such, and all of its 
Officers in particular, should visit, encourage, and assist, by their 
presence, the smaller Chapters. 

With a little help from the Committee during the year, I am sure 
the Chapters of Wilson District will be on the move in the right direc- 
tion. It has been a pleasure to work with the Companions of Wilson 
District and I trust we can be of some assistance in the future. 

It is the feeling of the Committee that Grand Chapter should get 
out into the smaller Chapters and give them the assistance they need. 
It is only by such assistance that we can expect to receive the respect 
of the Companions that we need to make Grand Chapter flourish. 



80 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

RT. EX. COMP. JACK FERGUSON, 

RT. EX. COMP. RUSSELL BROWN, 

RT. EX. COMP. EDWARD MARSHALL, 

V. EX. COMP. CARL JANTZI, 

RT. EX. COMP. GORDON BRABY, Vice-Chairman. 

RT. EX. COMP. HALLETT BANKS, Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R, Ex. Comp. 
Hallett Banks and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE NORTHERN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 

To the Most Ex. Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 

of Ontario. 
Most Ex. Sir and Companions: 

As this Committee was appointed in the latter part of March, 1973, 
we have only commenced to do the ground work. This Committee will 
be composed of R. Ex. Comp. William Cheetham as vice-chairman, all 
Immediate Past and Present Grand Superintendents of the Northern 
Districts and myself, R. Ex. Comp. Arthur S. Haley, as chairman. 

Our terms of reference would be: 

(1) To see that the work of the various Committees of Grand 
Chapter is understood by the Chapters in the North. 

(2) To assist in the successful growth of the Northern Chapters. 

(3) To encourage every Chapter Member to be a citizen who will 
set an example of proper living for the community in which he 

lives. 

Fraternally and respectfully submitted, 

R. EX. COMP. ARTHUR S. HALEY, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Arthur S. Haley and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 

Province of Ontario. 

The Archives Committee is deeply and sincerely grateful for the 
consideration, thought, and foresight of the Grand Chapter Members in 
presenting this committee with an allowance in the budget in order to 
commence the restoration of the records in the Grand Chapter Office. 

Last year at this time, the Archives Committee made three sug- 
gestions or steps that were needed to improve the current situation in 
their division. 

Progress has been made in two of these areas. In the first case, a 
portion of money was set aside to initiate the beginning of such a 
worthwhile project. The Committee received a sum of three hundred 
dollars — ($300.) — but since they were taught to be cautious they 
only spent one hundred and seventy dollars — ($170.) — of the above 
amount this year. 

In the second case, the Archives Committee undertook real physical 
action to preserve some of the records in the Grand Chapter Office. 
We were able to repair the books containing the "Proceedings of the 
Grand Chapter — Royal Arch Masons of Canada from 1857 to 1924" to 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 81 

a satisfactory condition. 

A fire proof storage compartment for the present contents is still 
under deliberation. Since some of the information in this section is 
out-of-date and is not used, a few changes should take place. This 
unused material does not contain records of active Chapters but obsolete 
ones which have handed in their Charters and are dormant at the present 
time. 

To restore and maintain additional records for the constituent 
Chapters and for the Grand Chapter Office, we should have a financial 
amount in our budget for this expense in the Archives Department this 
year. 

May the Archives Committee continue to receive the benefit of your 
generosity and wisdom to complete in the restoration of the valuable 
records in the Grand Chapter Office. 

This report of the Archives Committee is respectfully submitted to 
the Grand Chapter for their approval. 

The Archives Committee is: 

R. EX. COMP. FRED C. CONLEY, 

R. EX. COMP. HAROLD INCE, 

V. EX. COMP. EDGAR C. SHUNK, Chairman. 

Moved by V. Ex. Comp. E. C. Shunk, and seconded by R. Ex. Comp 
F. C. Conley that the Report of the Archives Committee be received and 
adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE STUDY OF (THE WORK) 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on the Study of the WORK are pleased to present 
the following report: 

Over the past SV 2 years we have studied and reviewed the WORK 
and are now pleased to report, the Degrees of M.M.M., M.E.M. and 
H.R.A. have been rewritten and are now prepared in draft form. 

In order that the Companions throughout the Jurisdiction may have 
an opportunity of seeing the proposed WORK carried out, and, that our 
Committee may have an opportunity of making any necessary changes, 
the following program is respectfully submitted for your consideration. 
That a Committee or Committees be appointed by the Grand First 
Principal empowered to make the necessary arrangements to hold meet- 
ings throughout the Jurisdiction during the balance of this year and to 
work at these meetings the three Degrees. 

That the Committee on the Study of the WORK have representation 
at these meetings and at the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter 
they present their recommendations for the WORK for reception and 
adoption. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

R. EX. COMP. MAARTEN VAN WAMELEN, 

R. EX. COMP. DR. GEORGE TURNER, 

R. EX. COMP. JACK FERGUSON, 

V. EX. COMP. GORDON S. SLEIGHTHOLM, 

R. EX. COMP. JAMES TURNBULL, 

V. EX. COMP. LANCE MORRISON, 

EX. COMP. WILLIAM PRENTICE, 

M. EX. COMP. CHARLES EMMETT (Chairman) 



82 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

BOOKLETS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett pointed out to Grand Chapter 
that some of our booklets needed to be up-dated. The following pages 
in our booklets were referred to: 

APRIL, 1973 
Changes Required in the Manual for Chapter Officers 

A. Page 11, first paragraph to be changed as follows: 

Regular Convocations are called as provided for in the 
By-laws. 

B. Page 17, change first paragraph under Installation as follows: 

Installation is held at the first regular or an emergent 
meeting following election of officers. 
Changes in Booklet of Ceremony of Dedication of a Chapter Room 
Page 7, second paragraph, second line: 

' G.H. on his right, G.J. on his left. 

C. Booklet Opening, Closing, Installation 

Page 2, second paragraph after the Grand Council enter 
"G.Z. leading G.H. on right G.J. on left." 

Page 27, Grand Registrar delete and replace as follows: 

I.Z Ex. Comp , you have been elected 

Grand Registrar of this Grand Chapter and now I invest 
you with the collar and jewel of your office, a scroll on a 
pen within a triangle. It will be your duty to perform 
such duties as you may be called upon to perform by the 
Grand Z. 

D. Booklet of Installation 

— Have inserted on page 2 the following: 

(1) No one beneath the rank of a First Principal may install 
or invest an officer. 

(2) An officer being re-elected or appointed to succeed himself 
need not be installed or invested, only declared. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
C. W. Emmett and carried — 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and 
adopted. 



OFFICE ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE REPORT 

Report of Office Organization Committee to the Most Excellent Grand 
First Principal, Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on office organization met in August, 1972 and 
continued to review the work being carried on in Grand Chapter office 
with a view to further assisting and simplifying the procedures, and 
record keeping, in Grand Chapter office. 

Your Committee considered the procedure as outlined in our consti- 
tution article 125 clause 23 for the signing of cheques as being too time 
consuming especially when some Companions authorized as signing 
officers were ill or were located out of the city of Toronto or were liable 
to be out of the city on business. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 83 

A recommendation was made to the advisory Committee to revise 
article 125 clause 23 which resulted in the following Notice of Motion: 

To provide for improved efficiency and ease of operation in the 
Grand Chapter office I hereby move that article 125 clause 23 of our 
present constitution and the corresponding clause in our new constitu- 
tion be revised to read all cheques issued on behalf of Grand Chapter 
shall bear the signatures of the Grand Z. or the President of the 
Executive Committee and one of the Grand Scribe E. or the Grand 
Treasurer. 

ARTICLE 136, CLAUSE 10 
Your Advisory Committee agreed in 1971 that the keeping of a 
set of books by the Grand Treasurer was a duplication of the work 
done in the Grand Scribe's office and recommended that the Grand 
Treasurer's set of books be discontinued. They also recommended that 
the Grand Scribe E. 's books be audited semi-annually rather than 
quarterly. However a Notice of Motion was not submitted to Grand 
Chapter for approval of these changes. 

I refer you to Article 136, Clause 10, which now reads "The Com- 
mittee shall annually appoint an auditor, who shall be a Chartered 
Accountant. His duties shall be to audit the books of the Grand Scribe 
E. and the books of the Grand Treasurer quarterly at least and report 
to the Grand Z. He shall receive such remuneration as Grand Chapter 
shall determine." 

I hereby move that article 136, Clause 10, of our present constitution 
and the corresponding clause in our new constitution be revised to read 
"The Committee shall annually appoint an auditor who shall be a 
Chartered Accountant. His duties shall be to audit the books of the 
Grand Scribe E. semi-annually at least, and report to the Grand Z. 
He shall receive such remuneration as the Grand Chapter shall deter- 
mine." 

Your Committee also reviewed the annual return form, the financial 
statement form 5M-4-65, the summary of information form C-10-1M-11-65 
and with the concurrance of the Advisory Committee approved revisions 
to make the forms more efficient for the Constituent Chapters and the 
Grand Scribe E.'s office. 

We also recommend that the financial statement form 5M-4-65 
(blue) be continued and copies be sent to the Chairman of the Committee 
on Conditions of Capitular Masonry, for his analysis so that Chapters 
having financial difficulties could have this brought out in the chair- 
man's annual report to the Grand Z, 

GRAND CHAPTER OFFICE PROCEDURES MANUAL 
The Grand Chapter office procedures manual has been reviewed and 
up dated. We now have a very complete manual which has taken a 
lot of time and effort by our Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Fred Conley. 
It will, however, have to be up dated again this year to take into account 
any changes brought about by the new constitution. 

MANUAL FOR RECORDING RECEIPTS AND EXPENSES 

While some work has gone forward in consultation with our auditor, 
Ex. Comp. Jack Hauer, there is still further study required and should 
be proceeded with this year, so that a complete manual may be available 
for future. 

Your Committee wishes to thank the members of the Advisory 



84 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Committee, our Grand Scribe E. and our Auditor for their co-operation 
and assistance. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. EX. COMP. JOHN E. RICHARDSON, 
R. EX. COMP. FRED C. CONLEY, 
V. EX. COMP. GORDON FERGUSON, 
R. EX. COMP. MAARTEN VAN WAMELEN, 
R. EX. COMP. SAMUEL TENENBAUM, 
EX. COMP. JACK HAUER, 

M. EX. COMP. JAMES E. GIRVEN, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
J. E. Girven and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON DISTINGUISHED 
SERVICE AWARDS 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 

the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 

of Ontario. 
Dear Most Excellent Sir and Companion: 

It was Sinclair Lewis who said, "that Nation is proudest and noblest 
and the most exalted which has the greaest number of really great 
men." 

This is so in Masonry as well. Our great human advances were 
brought about by men of industry, sincerity and devotion to an ideal. 
The measure of acceptance of mediocrity today is the greatest menace 
of our time. Many of us are victims of a strange attitude that is satis- 
fied with some vague average performance far below what we could be 
doing. 

When we see greatness in men we should praise it with ungrudging 
spirit and in acknowledging greatness and distinguished service, we our- 
selves will stand taller than we did before. 

It is the responsibility and privilege of your committee to receive, 
review and to make decisions on your submissions for special recognition 
of Royal Arch Masons who have contributed Distinguished Service to our 
fraternity. 

During the past year one such award was unanimously approved and 
has received the Distinguished Service Award. 

Companion Richard Paul Kendall, Golden Star Chapter No. 254, 
Dryden, Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir, your committee wishes to express their appre- 
ciation to you for the confidence you have placed in them and to thank 
you for the privilege of serving Grand Chapter in this important 
capacity. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
MOST EXCELLENT COMPANION A. G. N. Bradshaw, 
MOST EXCELLENT COMPANION CHARLES W. EMMETT, 
MOST EXCELLENT COMPANION FRASER HAY, M.D., Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Fraser Hay, M.D. and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 85 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MASONIC EDUCATION 
AND INSTRUCTION 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 

the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 

of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companion, 

Once again it is my privilege to submit the report of this important 
Committee for the year 1972/73. 

We have endeavoured during our term of office to continue to 
support the Chapters wherever possible with our personal attendance 
and assistance in the field of Masonic Education and Instruction. 

Where such was not feasible we trust that the forwarding of edu- 
cational and instructive material has been beneficial to those Companions 
who requested assistance in these matters. 

The Committee prepared the following papers, which were approved 
by the Grand Z. and are available on request: 

a) A Syllabus for holding a Master Masons Night by a Royal Arch 
Chapter, 

b) A Guideline for presenting a H.R.A. Certificate, 

c) A Guideline for sharing the W. in the M.E.M. and H.R.A. Degree, 

d) A pronouncing glossary of the Work for use by R.A. Chapters. 
The Committee once again had the privilege to conduct an instruc- 
tion meeting for the newly elected District Grand Superintendents at 
the 1972 Grand Chapter Convocation, which was followed by a Workshop 
on September 9, 1972 at the Masonic Temple at Markham. 

At this meeting, which was held in an informal manner in order to 
encourage full participation by those who attended, it was possible to 
review in depth the duties of the important office of the District Grand 
Superintendent and his responsibilities to the Grand First Principal 
and the Chapters in his District. 

We believe that this Workshop, which was attended by eleven 
District Grand Superintendents has done much to make their term of 
office a profitable one. 

The following Chapters held a Master Masons Night, in which 
various members of the Committee were privileged to participate: — 

Prince Edward Chapter No. 218, Shelburne. 

Centennial Chapter No. 260, Streetsville 

Ancaster Chapter No. 155, Ancaster. 

Erie Chapter No. 73, Ridgetown. 

Kichikewana Chapter No. 167, Midland. 

Aurora Chapter No. 235, Aurora. 

Mt. Sinai Chapter No. 44, Napanee. 

Mimico Chapter No. 215, Mimico (planned for May, 1973). 

St. Clair Chapter No. 75, Milton (planned for May, 1973). 

It is the opinion of your Committee that these meetings have done 
much to strength the bond between Craft and Capitular Masonry and 
we strongly recommend the continuation of this type of evening. 

In addition members of the Committee assisted in person at local 
Chapter or District Education Nights. Your Committee believes that 
the material presented was well received and the assistance at the 
meetings appreciated. 



86 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

However, once again we must report that there is a lack of attend- 
ance at these education and instruction meetings by practically all 
Junior, as well as some Senior officers and we would be negligent in our 
duties if we did not report the grave concern we have for the apparent 
apathy that is being displayed by these officers. 

This is the more regretful as there are definite indications that 
several Chapter Councils are now beginning to show the necessary 
leadership and enthusiasm which were the topics of discussion at the 
Seminars held by this Committee in 1971/72. 

We must not forget that the responsibilities of a Chapter can not 
be carried on indefinitely by the Principals alone and that the time must 
come when younger men must take over. 

The beauty of our Ritual must be preserved so that the genuine 
tenets of our time-honoured institution may be continued to be trans- 
mitted through our Chapters, pure and unimpaired, from generation to 
generation. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
GORDON T. FERGUSON, 
ED. MARSHALL, 
CHESTER L. PHILIP, 
CLIFFORD E. RICH, 
GORDON S. SLEIGHTHOLM, 
MAARTEN A. VAN WAMELEN, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Maarten A. van Wamelen and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 



KING CYRUS CHAPTER NO. 232, G.R.C. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham, Grand Z., in his address to the 
Convocation on 28, 29, April, 1972, recommended that M. Wor. Bro. 
William Kirk Bailey be made an Honorary Past Z. of his Chapter. This 
was accepted by the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons at the 1972 
Convocation. 

M. Ex. Comn. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z. for 1972-73, requested M. Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. D. Welham, Immediate Past Grand Z., to make arrange- 
ments for the Installation at King Cyrus Chapter of M. Wor. Bro. 
Bailey as an Honorary Past Z. of that Chapter. These arrangements 
were completed for a Grand Chapter Night to be held in King Cyrus 
Chapter No. 232 on the evening of Wednesday, 15 November, 1972. 

The visitors of King Cyrus Chapter were headed bv M. Ex. Comp. 
Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., and were duly received in the Chapter. M. Ex. 
Comp. Fred W. D. Welham was asked to assume the chair of First 
Principal and proceed with the Investiture and Installation of M. Wor. 
Bro. and Comp. Bailey. Comp. Bailey was presented to the Chapter and 
duly invested and installed by Past Grand Officers as J., H., Z. and 
I.P.Z. M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., appointed Ex. Comp. W. K. 
Bailey as a Grand Chapter Officer. At the completion of his installation, 
R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn then presented V. Ex. Comp. Bailey 
with his regalia as a Grand Steward. V. Ex. Comp. Bailey then addressed 
a few well chosen words to the assembled Companions. 

The Officers of King Cyrus then assumed their places. The First 
Principal of King Cyrus Chapter thanked M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, 
Grand Z., and Past Grand Chapter Officers for the honour which had 
been bestowed upon their Chapter by their presence and work of the 
evening. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 87 

REPORT OF THE GRAND REVIEWER 

Once again, it is a privilege to submit the Report of the Grand 
Reviewer on Fraternal Correspondence. All of the Proceedings received 
have been read through — with one exception: that from the Nether- 
lands which is printed in Dutch and, unfortunately, your Reviewer's 
ability to read Dutch is nil! 

The loss of members is of much concern to all of the Grand 
Chapters but particularly to the larger Jurisdictions. Although it is 
known by all that the passing to the Grand Chapter Above by many of 
their members is something over which there is no control, they do have 
some control or can hope to reduce the number of demits as well as 
possibly diminishing the number of members suspended from the 
Chapter by non-payment of Dues. 

Almost every Grand Jurisdiction reported benevolence being prac- 
practised in some form: assistance to children afflicted with heart 
disease, eye banks, and many other worthwhile programs. 

In many neighbouring Grand Chapters, particularly those on the 
border between Canada and the United States, International Nights are 
held with the view of stimulating interest in Capitular Masonry as 
well as continuing to maintain the friendships which have been estab- 
lished over the many years of visitation between Grand Chapters. 

Wherever we read in the Proceedings, particularly from the Report 
of the Grand Scribe E. or the Treasurer, finances seem to be of concern 
by most. They report that some Grand Chapters are working with dues 
in 1972 which were fine twenty-five years ago. Unfortunately, they 
are drawing on some of their reserves to meet expenses. 

In many of the Grand Jurisdictions, award systems are used, such as 
plaques, certificates, etc. for a variety of reasons — for example: 
Chapters with the greatest percentage of gains in membership; the 
member who turns in the largest number of petitions; also efficiency 
awards for constituent Chapters in the Grand Jurisdiction and others. 

Another project mentioned by quite a number of Grand Chapters, 
particularly in the United States, is the support which is given 
financially and otherwise to the Order of DeMolay, a youth group for 
boys in the age group of 14 to 21 years. 

In conclusion, it must be said that reading the many Proceedings 
received during the past several months, it is without doubt an interest- 
ing and educational undertaking. The addresses given by the leaders 
of the various Grand Chapters are definitely inspiring and indicate the 
high calibre of men at the helm in Royal Arch Masonry. 

R. EX. COMP. H. FOOTE. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
H. Foote and carried — 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and 
adopted. 

LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

Due to the illness of M. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, a report was 
not prepared for presentation. The list of BjMaw changes are to be found 
in the address of the Grand Z. 

M. Ex. Comp. Shannon and his Committee were complimented on 
their work done and regrets expressed concerning his illness. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. C. W. Emmett, and resolved, 

"That these changes in By-laws be received and filed." 

Carried. 



88 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

The Committee on Finance submits the following report for the year 
ending February 28th, 1973: 

The reports of the Grand Scribe E., the Investment Committee, and 
the Auditor covering the past fiscal year, are being respectively sub- 
mitted to this Grand Chapter for consideration. It is our opinion that 
these reports present a complete and accurate state of the financial 
affairs of this Grand Chapter, and other than general comment in rela- 
tion to the financial aspect of operations, verbatim details do not require 
repetition at this time. 

Exhibit 'A' of the Auditor's Report is a balance sheet showing all 
the Assets and Liabilities of Grand Chapter. It includes the funds en- 
trusted to and over which Grand Chapter has control. The securities 
of the respective funds have been examined by the Auditor, and they 
are held in proper safekeeping and custody as directed by Grand 
Chapter. As indicated assets include amounts owing by the contingent 
funds which have been since adjusted. There is also Accounts Receiv- 
ables owing by the constituent chapters, which at first glance appear 
nominal, referral to the Auditor's comments indicate this to be a net 
amount of a total oustanding of $1,530. less deferred payments of 
$1,336. Those chapters respectively in arrears are urged to give this 
important matter their early attention. 

The comparative results of operations for the fiscal year are shown 
in Exhibit 'B' of the Auditor's statement. While the corresponding 
budget projected an anticipated deficit of $600., we must regretfully 
report that an excess of expenditure over revenue of $1,952. is at hand. 
Total income received was somewhat below expectation, augmented by 
rising costs, notably in convocation expense and office assistance. 

The preparation of the budget for the current fiscal year has 
received much thought, utilizing the assistance of various committee 
members. While striving to maintain expenses within reasonable bounds, 
rising costs are the respector of no individual, and of necessity a realistic 
approach must be taken. The budget is accordingly presented for your 
consideration: 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 89 

ESTIMATE OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE YEAR 

ENDING FEBRUARY 28, 1974 
REVENUES: 

Budget Actual Budget 

1972/73 1972/73 1973/74 

Registration Fees $ 1,700.00 $ 1,679.00 $ 1,700.00 

Dues— Per Capita 27,200.00 26,523.00 26,500.00 

Dues— Life Membership 1,600.00 1,896.00 1,800.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 175.00 207.00 200.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,000.00 1,906.00 2,000.00 

Interest on Investments 2,025.00 2,002.00 2,000.00 

TOTAL REVENUE $34,700.00 $34,213.00 $34,200.00 

EXPENDITURES: 

Grand Chapter Office: 

Remuneration— Grand Scribe E $ 6,500.00 $ 6,491.00 $ 6,500.00 

Office Assistance 5,300.00 5,975.00 5,900.00 

Rent and Parking 4,800.00 4,725.00 4,900.00 

Miscellaneous (Postage, 

Telephone, etc.) 2,500.00 2,858.00 3,100.00 

Canada Pension Plan 180.00 180.00 200.00 

Workmen's Compensation Board 20.00 23.00 35.00 

Unemployment Insurance 200.00 147.00 165.00 



$19,500.00 $20,399.00 $20,800.00 

Grand Convocation: 

General Convocation Expense $ 2,800.00 $ 4,400.00 $ 5,000.00 

Executive Committee 2,200.00 2,419.00 2,000.00 

Printing — Procedures 2,500.00 1,937.00 2,200.00 

Regalia — Grand Z 250.00 257.00 

Testimonial — Grand Z 350.00 350.00 — 



$ 8,100.00 $ 9,363.00 $ 9,200.00 

Printing: 

General Distribution & Office $ 750.00 $ 1,399.00 $ 750.00 

Supplies for Re-sale 1,000.00 812.00 1,000.00 

$ 1,750.00 $ 2,211.00 $ 1,750.00 

Other Expenses: 

Foreign Correspondence $ 50.00 — $ 50.00 

Audit 600.00 $ 600.00 600.00 

Travelling— Grand Z 2,000.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 

Travelling— Other 200.00 — 200.00 

Liability and Bonding Insurance 850.00 673.00 1,100 00 

Jewels and Engraving 1,100.00 642.00 700.00 

Education and Instruction 200.00 108.00 150.00 

Publicity 600.00 — 600.00 

Archives 300.00 170.00 300.00 

Regalia Repairs 50.00 — — 

$ 5,950.00 $ 4,193.00 $ 5,700.00 

TOTAL EXPENDITURES $35,300.00 $36,166.00 $37,450.00 

EXCESS OF EXPENDITURES 

OVER REVENUE $ 600.00 $ 1,953.00 $ 3,250.00 



90 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

In restrospect of this budget, we note the following: 

Remuneration for office assistance allows for a weekly increase of 
$5.00 to Mrs. Wright to be effective May 1, 1973, and hopefully office 
overload assistance which is required in peak periods can be maintained 
within a maximum outlay of $500.00. 

Convocation expenses continue to climb, and while we feel that every 
effort is being made to keep these at a minimum, it is suggested that 
we may well have to consider shortening the duration of time in which 
the Convocation is conducted. 

While outlay for printing of supplies for re-sale is for the most part 
eventually recovered, this transpires only over a period of several years. 
Reprints of the constitution and the work, presently in limited supply, 
will in the ensuing years require a fairly substantial outlay. 

At the last Convocation it was recommended and carried that $200.00 
per annum be set aside to permit this Grand Chapter to eventually and 
in effect carry its own insurance. The amount of $400.00 has been in- 
cluded in the current budget to cover both years, and we again recom- 
mend that a separate account be instituted for this purpose. 

CONCLUSION 

A fairly comprehensive report on the financial affairs of this Grand 
Chapter was presented by this Committee, two years ago. It is further 
noted that since 1960 and excepting the years 1968 and 1972, we are 
gradually, if not rapidly, utilizing capital through deficit financing. 
Unfortunately, the budget just presented and the foreseeable continuous 
climb in cost factors do not offer much encouragement. It had been 
anticipated that the per capita increase authorized in 1971, would permit 
us to maintain an even keel at least for a few years, it is now apparent 
that such result is not being achieved. We re-iterate at this time that 
all matters involving finances coming before this Grand Chapter, be 
considered on the principal of sound business economy, having no regard 
to our best interests. We again suggest there is cause for concern, and 
unless we are prepared to place added burdens on the constituent chap- 
ters by way of a per capita increase, strong and conclusive action must 
be instituted to arrest any further deterioration. 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted by the Com- 
mittee. 

R. EX. COMP. JOHN E. RICHARDSON, Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
John E. Richardson and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED OFF" 

Grand Chapter was "called off" at 4:20 p.m. to permit delegates to 
select their Grand Superintendents of the seventeen Districts of the 
Grand Jurisdiction and elect the Officers of Grand Chapter for the 
ensuing year as well as to decide the location of the Grand Convocation 
for 1974. 

THURSDAY, 26 APRIL, 1973 

Grand Chapter was "called on" at 9:30 a.m. 

REPORT OF ELECTIONS 

Ex. Comp. William Boston was called on to give the result of the 
Elections. Companions elected were reported by Ex. Comp. Boston as 
listed below. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 



91 



AT THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEENTH ANNUAL CONVOCA- 
TION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS 
OF CANADA IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO, HELD IN THE 
SKYLINE HOTEL, CITY OF TORONTO, ONTARIO, ON 24, 25, 26 
APRIL, 1973, THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES 
WERE ELECTED AND APPOINTED:— 



M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Q.C., B.A Grand Z. 

Box 78, 21 Catherine St. E., Dorchester, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson Grand H. 

1329 Cumnock Cres., Oakville, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule Grand J. 

4 Elizabeth St. S., Brampton, Ontario 



Grand 
Council 



GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS— Elected 1973 



R. Ex. Comp. Hanlon C. Babcock 

199 York St., Kingston 
R. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson 

142 Boultbee Ave., Toronto 6 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick C. Conley, B.A., B.Paed. 

240 Eglinton Ave. E., Suite 205, Toronto 12 
R. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Herbert Powell, V.D. 

48 Lincoln Ave., Toronto 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Clark Grand 

171 Church St. E., Apt. 207, Brampton 
R. Ex. Comp. Keith Bellamy 

25 Ferncroft Dr., Scarborough 



Grand Chaplain 

Grand Treasurer 
Grand Scribe E. 
Grand Scribe N. 

Principal Sojourner 
Grand Registrar 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

(By Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C. Grand Z. 1943-44 

4000 Yonge St., Apt. 535, Toronto, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, 

J.P., F.R.S.A., LL.D. Grand Z. 1951-52 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 1955-56 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 3, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 1959-60 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Z. 1961-62 

27 Colwood Rd., Islington, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D Grand Z. 1963-64 

165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. 1965-66 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, Q.C. Grand Z. 1969 

30 Spetz Street, Kitchener, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham Grand Z. 1970-71 

60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto, 385, Ontario 



92 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Honorary 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Cambridge-Gait, 
Ont. N1R 4W4. 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 630 Parkhill Rd. W., Apt. 105, Benmor 
Towers, Peterborough, Ont. K9J 6N6. 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, 111 Raglan Ave., Apt. 1501, Toronto 
10, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George E. Turner, M.D., 2281 Victoria Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Hallette C. Banks, 1749 Parkhurst Ave., London 32, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Aube L. Weisman, 54 Forest Heights Dr., Willowdale, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Maarten A. van Wamelen, B.Sc, M.E., P.Eng., 1177 Bloor 
St. E., Apt. 206, Mississauga, Ont. L4Y 2N9. 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon A. Braby, 50 Van Camp St., Kitchener, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Cheetham, 374 Morse St., Thunder Bay "P", 
Ont. P7A 1G5. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 27, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston 
Ont. K7L 4S5. 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur S. Haley, 1144 Vimy St., North Bay, Ont. 

R, Ex. Comp. Morley H. Hancock, 195 John St., Belleville, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Burton M. Conron, 120 Maple St., Collingwood, Ont. 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 
R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, Chairman, 1 Lincoln Ave., Cambridge- 
Gait, Ont. N14 4W4. 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto, 
Ont. 6M6 2S9. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS— 1973-74 

St. Clair District, No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. John Elliott Finley, 

612 West Street, Dresden, Ont. 

London District, No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Harold F. Bouck, 

416 Talfourd St., Sarnia, Ont. 
Wilson District, No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. George Llewellyn Nutt, 

516 Fair St., Woodstock, Ont. 

Wellington District, No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. John Prentice, 

549 Sprucehill Ave., Waterloo, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 93 

Hamilton District, No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. Charles Kenneth Matteson, 

R.R. No. #1, Caledonia, Ont. 

Huron District, No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. Bertie Allan Mennie, 

281 Water St., Stratford, Ont. 

Niagara District, No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Alfred Staines, 

426 Dorchester St., Box 966, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

Toronto East, No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. Douglas Mathew Tozer, 

173 Florence Ave., Willowdale, Ont. M2N 1G5 

Toronto West, No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. Chrys. J. Lewis, 

1511 Myron Dr., Mississauga, Ont. L5E 2N5 

Georgian District, No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. James Alfred Kilsby, 

127 Minnesota St., Collingwood, Ont. 

Ontario District, No. 10. R. Ex. Comp. Jack Meier, 

Box 293, Campbellford, Ont. 

Prince Edward District, No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Lloyd Goodman, 

309 Bleecker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

St. Lawrence District, No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. Robert Keith Laushway, 

R.R. #1, Prescott, Ont. 

Ottawa District, No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. Dieter Ralf Jeschor, 

228 Blair St., P.O. 411, Carleton Place, Ont. KOA 1J0 

Algoma District, No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred George Sanders, 

406 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont. P9A 1E2 

New Ontario District, No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick John Gammon, 

205 Parsons Ave., North Bay, Ont. 

Temiskaming District, No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. Wallace F. G. Layte, 

Gen. Delivery, Iroquois Falls Ont. POK 1E0 

ASSISTANT OFFICERS— Appointed 
1973 - 1974 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham Honorary Grand Organist 

79 Fairfield Ave., Kitchener 
V. Ex. Comp. Dawson Charles Kerr Honorary Grand Organist 

54 Harvey St., Perth, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Edward Logan Honorary Grand Lecturer 

Apt. 602 - 650 Grand Ave. W., Chatham, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John G. Ferguson Asst. Honorary Grand Lecturer 

Embro, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Eric B. Fowler Grand Lecturer 

Midland, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Major F. C. DeVenne Grand Sr. Sojourner 

535 Jeanette Drive, Oakville, Ont 
V. Ex. Comp. Gordon Kenneth Johnson Grand Jr. Sojourner 

R.R. No. 1, Lindsay, Ont. 



94 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward Jacques Grand Sword Bearer 

407 St. George St., Port Dover, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Lloyd James Roberts Grand Master 4th Veil 

101 Seventh Street, Midland, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Ronald Herbert Bivens Grand Master 3rd Veil 

and Assistant Secretary to the Grand Executive 
Box 269, Sutton W., Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward St. Thomas Gales Grand Master 2nd Veil 

Apt. 101 - 110 Cherry Hill Cres., London, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Roy K. Griffin Grand Master 1st Veil 

28 Blithfield Ave., Willowdale, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Russell John Spencely Grand Standard Bearer 

42 Glen Shepherd Drive, Scarborough, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. George Edward Fennell Honorary Grand Director of 

Ceremonies and Assistant Secretary to the Grand Executive 
38A Adare Crescent, London 17, Ont, 

V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Thomas Williams Grand Dir. of Ceremonies 

Apt. 1902 - 2360 Bonner Road, Clarkson, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Bloss Everett Doupe . . Grand Assistant Dir. of Ceremonies 
419 Randol Drive, London, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Neill, Grand Organist 

Apt. 2H, 187 Park St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Henry Frederick Motton Grand Pursuivant 

1941 Wavell St., London, Ont. N5V 1T2 

V. Ex. Comp. William James Thompson Grand Steward 

71 Queensway W., Simcoe, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. William Harold Chereos Grand Steward 

26 Blenheim Street, Mitchell, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Reginald Clancy Dawson Grand Steward 

Napanee, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry Frayn Gardiner Grand Steward 

73B Elmsley St. N., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry O'Hara Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, Desbarats, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Bruce Davis Burt Grand Steward 

96 Haddon N., Hamilton, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. J. Harvey Cook Grand Steward 

217 Prince Edward Drive, Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Sidney Davis Grand Steward 

80 Spruce Street, Aurora, Ont. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 95 

V. Ex. Comp. William Colin Ewing Grand Steward 

125 North John Street, Thunder Bay, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Gordon Wagner Thorn Grand Steward 

76 Lakeshore, Morrisburg, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Leonard Trueman McMann Grand Steward 

116 Richmond Street, Thorold, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Manson Hooper Grand Steward 

R.R. 4, Durham, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Henry Malton Grand Steward 

133 Brisbin Street, London 41, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Richard Austin Reid Grand Steward 

8 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert Ferris Stewart Grand Steward 

St. Marys, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Clausen White Grand Steward 

Cannington, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. John Rainey Grand Steward 

49 Finch Ave. W., Willowdale, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Lester Thomson Fisher Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, Blenheim, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry Horace Redden Grand Steward 

313 Tamarack St., Timmins, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Sven Orville Norman Grand Outer Guard 

Wabigoon, Ont. 



SUB-COMMITTEES OF GRAND CHAPTER EXECUTIVE 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Sproule, Chairman 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie C. Ewener, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Cheetham, 

R. Ex. Comp. Donald Attridge, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Gummer, Secretary 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 

R. Ex. Comp. Edward W. Elcombe, Chairman 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Tenenbaum, R. Ex. Comp. Burton M. Conron 

FINANCE 

R. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson, Chairman 

Ex. Comp. Jack Hauer, Grand Council and all Past Grand Z.'s and 

Grand Scribe E. 

INVESTMENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott, Chairman 

R. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson, M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Thomson, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Gummer 



96 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith (Chairman) 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Gummer, 

R. Ex. Comp. Maarten van Wamelen, R. Ex. Comp. Aube L. Weisman 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE AND REVIEW 
V. Ex. Comp. Cliff E. Rich, B.Sc, M.Sc. 

CONDITIONS OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Thomson, 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie C. Ewener, R. Ex. Comp. Hallette C. Banks 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

M. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, Q.C. (Chairman) 

R. £x. Comp. D. S. Stephens, Q.C, B.A., (Vice-Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Donald L. Attridge, (Secretary) 

R. Ex. Comp. His Honor Judge John A. Cox 

FRATERNAL DEAD 
R. Ex. Comp. Hanlon C. Babcock 



SPECIAL COMMITTEES OF GRAND CHAPTER 

REPORT ON GRAND Z.'s ADDRESS 
M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay, M.D., and all Past Grand Z.'s 

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie (Chairman) 

V. Ex. Comp. Gordon J. Johnson, V. Ex. Comp. S. Orville Norman 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF GRAND CHAPTER OFFICE 

ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven (Chairman) 

Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson, R. Ex. Comp. Maarten A. van Wamelen, 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick C. Conley, R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Tenenbaum, 

V. Ex. Comp. Gordon T. Ferguson, R. Ex. Comp. Donald L. Attridge, 

Ex. Comp. Jack Hauer. 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay, M.D. (Chairman) 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles H. Emmett 

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

V. Ex. Comp. Ed. Shunk, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Ince, R. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Herb Powell, R. Ex. 

Comp. Harold Foote, R. Ex. Comp. Fred C. Conley, B.A., B.Paed., 

V. Ex. Comp. Clifford E. Rich, B.Sc, M.Sc. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 97 

MASONIC EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

R. Ex. Comp. Maarten van Wamelen, 

(Chairman and Director of Education) 

R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Logan, R. Ex. Comp. John Ferguson, R. Ex. Comp. 

Aube Weisman, V. Ex. Comp. Clifford E. Rich, B.Sc, M.Sc, V. Ex. Comp. 

Gordon S. Sleightholm, B.A., M.A., M.E.D., V. Ex. Comp. Chester Phillips, 

R. Ex. Comp. George E. Fennell, R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott, 

R. Ex. Comp. S. M. Ellenor. 

BURSARY COMMITTEE 

V. Ex. Comp. Edgar C. Shunk, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey, Ex. Comp. C. J. Meunier, Ex. Comp. Andrew 

Rankine, Ex. Comp. Everett M. Bluestein, R. Ex. Comp. Aube L. Weisman. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE 

R. Ex. Comp. Edward Marshall, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Flint (Vice-Chairman and Editor of Keystone) 

R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Tenenbaum, (Assist. Editor of Keystone) 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon A. Braby, R. Ex. Comp. Arthur S. Haley, V. Ex. 

Comp. George Fennell, V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Thomas Williams, V. Ex. 

Comp. Bloss E. Doupe, V. Ex. Comp. Henry F. Motton, and Reporters 

and all Immediate Past and Present Grand Superintendents. 

SECRETARIES OF GRAND EXECUTIVE 

R. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Herbert Powell, (Chairman) 

V. Ex. Comp. George E. Fennell, V. Ex. Comp. Ronald H. Bivens, 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon H. Fresque. 

CONSTITUTION REVIEW COMMITTEE 

M. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon, Q.C., (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. D. S. Stephens, Q.C., B.A., (Vice-Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. His Honour Judge John Alfred Cox, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. 

Thomson, R. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull, D.C.M., M.M., M.A., B.Sc, B.Com. 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, (Consultant) 

COMMITTEE FOR STUDY OF "THE WORK" 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles Emmett, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Maarten van Wamelen, B.Sc, M.E., P.Eng., R. Ex. Comp. 

James Turnbull, D.C.M., M.M., M.A., B.Sc, B.Com., R. Ex. Comp. John 

C. Ferguson, B.Sc, R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Sixsmith, V. Ex. Comp. Gordon 

Sleightholm, B.A., M.A., M.Ed., V. Ex. Comp. Lancelot Morrison, 

V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Prentice. 

COMMITTEE FOR STUDY OF ASSISTANCE TO CHAPTERS, 
MEMBERSHIP, AND RECOVERY OF DEMITTED AND 
SUSPENDED MEMBERS 
M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, General Chairman; R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. 
Sproule, Chairman; R. Ex. Comp. Edward Elcombe, Assistant Chairman; 
R. Ex. Comp. Gordon A. Braby, Vice-Chairman, West; R. Ex. Comp. 
Aube Weisman, Vice-Chairman, Toronto District 8 and 8A, and Secretary 



98 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

to the General Committee; R. Ex. Comp. Morley H. Hancock, Vice- 
Chairman, East; R. Ex. Comp. Arthur S. Haley, Vice-Chairman, North. 

Members 
R. Ex. Comp. John C. Ferguson, R. Ex. Comp. James John Jackson, 
R. Ex. Comp. Hallett C. Banks, R. Ex. Comp. Donald L. Attridge, 
R. Ex. Comp. S. M. Ellenor, R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Fackerell, R. Ex. Comp. 
Ed. Logan, V. Ex. Comp. Allen C. McGregor, R. Ex. Comp. George A. 
Phillips, V. Ex. Comp. George Fennell, R. Ex. Comp. Allen A. Leal, 
R. Ex. Comp. Lt.-Col. Herb Powell, R. Ex. Comp. Donald Wilson, R. Ex. 
Comp. Harold Foote, R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Crerar, R. Ex. Comp. Melville 
G. Spiers, R. Ex. Comp. Russell A. Brown, R. Ex. Comp. Mancel Nixon, 
R. Ex. Comp. Ralph J. Cocks, R. Ex. Comp. Charles E. Compton, R. Ex. 
Comp. Edmund Moulson, R. Ex. Comp. W. Cheetham, R. Ex. Comp. 
Ernest C. Price, R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Anderson, R. Ex. Comp. James H. 
Johnson, R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd R. Sorsdahl, R. Ex. Comp. Deric Payne, 

R. Ex. Comp. Stanley R. Burton. 
With power to add all ruling and immediate Past Grand Superintendents. 

The Grand First Principal requests that all circulars from this Committee 

be signed by either M. Ex. Comp. James Girven or R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. 

Sproule, and that full Committee meet at least twice per year. 

COMMITTEE ON DEDICATIONS, ANNIVERSARIES AND 
COMMUNITY SERVICE 

R. Ex-. Comp. William S. Thomson, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Ed. Elcombe, V. Ex. Comp. Ed. Shunk, V. Ex. Comp. 

George E. Fennell, V. Ex. Comp. Jack I. Loft, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Leonard 

Wm. Potter, V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Robert Blair, Ex. Comp. Al. Williams, 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham, (Consultant). 

COMMITTEE ON YOUTH GAP 
R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Foster, (Chairman) 
M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., R. Ex. 
Comp. George E. Turner, M.D., R. Ex. Comp. Edwin J. Myers, R. Ex. 
Comp. Ed. Logan, R. Ex. Comp. Henry Edgar, R. Ex. Comp. Gordon H. 
Fresque, R. Ex. Comp. Irvine L. Fisher, V. Ex. Comp. Wm. K. Bailey, 
B.A., B.Paed., V. Ex. Comp. Gordon S. Sleightholm, B.A., M.A., M.Ed., 
R. Ex. Comp. Gordon H. Hale, M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham (Con- 
sultant). Committee with power to add. 

NORTHERN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur S. Haley, (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Cheetham, R. Ex. Comp. C. L. (Pat) Collins, 

R. Ex. Comp. E. R. MacElwee, R. Ex. Comp. Earl E. McWilliams, 

And all Grand Superintendents of Districts Nos. 14, 15 and 16 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 99 

CONVOCATION COMMITTEE 

R. Ex. Comp. Maarten A. van Wamelen, B.Sc, M.E., P.Eng. (Chairman), 
R. Ex. Comp. Edward Elcombe (Vice-Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Gordon 
A. Braby (Vice-Chairman West, Districts 1, 2, 3, 4), Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Frederick Scott (Assistant Vice-Chairman Southwest, Districts 5, 6, 7), 
R. Ex. Comp. Donald Wilson, R. Ex. Comp. Hallette C. Banks, R. Ex. 
Comp. Roy 0. Roberts, R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Tenenbaum, R. Ex. Comp. 
John C. Ferguson, B.Sc, V. Ex. Comp. Gordon Sleightholm, B.A., M.A., 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick H. Daubney, R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Crerar, R. Ex. 
Comp. W. A. Anderson, V. Ex. Comp. David Hill, V. Ex. Comp. Edgar C. 
Shunk, V. Ex. Comp. Arthur M. Otis, V. Ex. Comp. Alfred T. Williams, 
V. Ex. Comp. Victor W. Newman, V. Ex. Comp. Byron Rodd, V. Ex. 
Comp. George Fennell, R. Ex. Comp. John Prentice, V. Ex. Comp. John 
I. Loft, Comp. Pat C. Johnston, Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey, R. Ex. Comp. 
S. M. Ellenor, plus four to be named from Ottawa by R. Ex. Comp. Wm. 
S. Thomson, with power to the Chairman to add. 



NEXT PLACE OF MEETING 

By Special Resolution of Grand Chapter the One Hundred and 
Sixteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario will be held in the City of 
Toronto, Ontario. Place and time to be announced later. 



REPORT OF CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE 

To the Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions of the Grand 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada, Province of Ontario. 

We, your Committee on Credentials, beg leave to submit the 
following report: 

Number of Chapters represented by Officers 98 

Number of Chapters represented by Proxy 29 

Number of Chapters represented by P.Z.'s only 10 

Number of Chapters represented 137 

Number of Chapters not represented 17 

TOTAL 154 

Number of Delegates present 527 

Total Number of Votes 700 

All of which is zealously and respectfully submitted, 

JAMES W. WOODLAND, Chairman. 
E. ELCOMBE, Vice-Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
W. S. Thomson and carried, 

That the report of the Credential Committee be received and 
adopted. 



100 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, the Grand Chapter 
Membership Committee presents this first report of its activities. 

This committee was appointed to review the membership conditions 
throughout this jurisdiction. Our further purpose was to be concerned 
with assisting the Chapters in developing an ongoing membership 
acquisition programme. 

Additional terms of reference are as follows: — 

To provide information to Chapters for the establishment of a 
Membership Committee in each Chapter. 

To suggest to the Chapters ways and means for greater participation 
of the Craft to become Royal Arch Masons. 

To encourage Royal Arch Masons to attend, and actively participate, 
in Craft Lodges. 

To offer constructive assistance to Chapters for planning a Master 
Masons night. 

To disseminate information to Chapters regarding the successful 
methods used by some Chapters to increase membership. 

To develop a fraternal relationship with Craft Lodges and to en- 
courage the holding of a Chapter night in Lodge. 

To encourage Companions to invite Craft Members to seek informa- 
tion concerning Royal Arch Masons. 

To suggest to the Chapters way and means for greater participation 
and more involvement of Companions in a Chapter service programme. 

To suggest techniques for the retention of members. 

To eliminate as much as possible demits and suspensions. 

To encourage the Chapter Membership Committee to visit every 
Member who requests a demit or fails to pay dues. 

To encourage Chapters to exercise Masonic charity and benevolence 
where such is required. 

To charge the sponsors of a candidate to see that he attends the 
meetings of the Chapter after his degrees are completed. 

We are further authorized to co-opt such Companions as the Com- 
mittee believes can assist in implementing this programme. 

All Chapters have been contacted and our request for the establish- 
ment of a permanent Membership Committee has received favourable 
response by many Chapters. 

Our suggestion that all Chapters develop a closer relationship with 
Craft Lodges has been well accepted. We are receiving many requests 
from Chapters for information regarding the holding of Chapter nights 
in Lodge and Master Masons nights in Chapter. Such requests are 
referred to the Masonic Education and Instruction Committee, Right 
Excellent Companion Maarten van Wamelen, Chairman. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 101 

Of necessity the early efforts of this Committee were devoted to 
the establishing of procedures. As the new Grand Superintendents 
appoint District Membership Chairmen we anticipate a chain of com- 
munication that will enable us to effect an exchange of information be- 
tween all participants. 

One of the existing problems is that many Chapters have no activity 
between Chapter meetings. We will encourage the Chapters to under- 
take a service programme that will require participation and involve- 
ment by the Companions. 

There are innumerable projects that lend themselves to the humani- 
tarian purposes set out in the ritual of our Order. Listed here are a 
few types of institutions and organizations where our services can be 
utilized. 

Hospitals, Convalescent and Nursing Homes, Handicapped and 
Underprivileged Children, Homes for the Aged, the Blind and the Deaf, 
Training Schools for Boys and Girls. 

The aforementioned together with the obvious internal services to 
our Companions and to the widows and orphans of our Companions can 
form a basis for the beginning of a Chapter programme. This Com- 
mittee will endeavour to assist any Chapters desirous of setting up such 
services. 

There appears to be a more favourable attitude towards our fra- 
ternal order. For this we can thank our leadership in Capitular and 
Craft Masonry. It is now up to each Chapter Officer and Membership 
Committee to participate in this favourable climate. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LLOYD B. GILLESPIE, 

ARTHUR S. HALEY, 

W. H. CHEETHAM, 

CHESTER L. PHILIP, 

FRED SCOTT, Secretary, 

S. A. ELLENOR, Vice-Chairman. 

AUBE WEISMAN, Chairman, 

MAARTEN VAN WAMELEN, Consultant. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Aube Weisman and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 



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COUNCIL OF GERMANY DAYS IN NURNBERG 11-13 May, 1973. 

WITH HEARTIEST GREETINGS TO OUR CANADIAN 

COMPANIONS 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 103 

GRAND HIGH PRIEST OF GERMANY 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., requested that M. Ex. Comp. 
Gunther Gall address his Companions at this Convocation. The follow- 
ing is a summary as written by R. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull of this 
address. 

"M. Ex. Comp. Gunther Gall gave a very interesting talk on the 
development and progress of Freemasonry in Germany, the Netherlands, 
certain areas of France and Switzerland, with extensive details and sta- 
tistics. However, some very enlightening historical facts concerning 
Freemasonry in Germany were explained 

He stated that soon after Hitler's rise to power, as early as 1934, 
it became apparent that Freemasonry in Germany was in great danger. 
In the same year, the German Grand Lodge of the Sun in Bayreuth (one 
of the pre-war German Grand Lodges) realized the imminent problems 
facing them and elected to wear a little blue flower, the Forget-Me-Not, 
in lieu of the traditional Square and Compasses, as a mark of identity 
for Masons. When the German military or the Gestapo inquired, "Was 
ist das?", the simple reply was "Eine Blume" (a flower). It was felt 
that the new symbol would not attract attention from the Nazis, who 
were in the process of confiscating and appropriating Masonic Lodges 
and property. Masonry had gone underground and it was necessary 
that the brethren should have some readily recognizable means of 
identification. Throughout the entire Nazi era, a little blue flower in 
a lapel marked a brother. In the concentration camps and in the cities, 
a little blue forget-me-not distinguished the lapels of those who refused 
to allow the Light of Masonry to be extinguished. When in 1947, the 
Grand Lodge of the Sun was reopened in Bayreuth, a little blue pin, the 
shape of a forget-me-not, was proposed and adopted as the official 
emblem of the first Annual Convention of those who had survived the 
bitter years of semi-darkness, bringing the Light of Masonry once again 
into the Temples. A year later, at the first Annual Convention of the 
United Grand Lodges of Germany, A.F. and A.M., the pin was adopted 
as an official Masonic emblem honouring those valiant brethren who 
carried on their work under adverse conditions. Thus did a simple little 
flower blossom forth into a meaningful emblem of the Fraternity, be- 
coming perhaps the most widely worn pin among Freemasons in Ger- 
many. 

M. Ex. Comp. Gunther Gall brought greetings from his Grand 
Chapter and his Companions in Germany, and wished for a prosperous 
future for his friends of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada, in the Province of Ontario. He is looking forward with pleasure 
to greeting the members of this Grand Body and their wives when they 
visit Germany this year. 



GRAND CHAPTER, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA IN 

THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO VISITATION TO GRAND 

CONVOCATION OF GERMANY, 10th TO 20th MAY, 1973 

The Royal Arch Mason who visits other Chapters in his district, his 
province or in another country, is a very fortunate man indeed. He will 
make many new friends, he will be a much better Mason as a result but, 
most important of all, he will take with him a spirit of frateraalism 
and co-operation that will enrich all those with whom he visits. 



104 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

When the idea of a visit to confer a Canadian Royal Arch Degree 
was first suggested, it seemed like a far-out dream. As time and letters 
and considerable effort on the part of our leaders passed by, the idea 
became more concrete. A personal decision had to be arrived at. Do 
we go? Can I get the time off? What do we have to do? How much 
money do we need? 

These problems all resolved themselves quickly and now we could 
plan, and because it was such a new experience, dream! and dream we 
did. 

These dreams came true when we arrived at Toronto International 
Airport on Thursday evening, May 10 of this year. The weather was 
frightful, hard driving rain, thunder and lightning all helped to add to 
the tension that had been building up for so long. 

Once in the Airport, we found the Royal Arch and Lufthansa both 
waiting for all one hundred and sixty-seven of us. We were provided 
with a list of the names and addresses of those we were travelling with. 
Lufthansa took our bags and issued us tickets and seat numbers, and 
now all was ready. We had only to wait for the weather. 

We took off about midnight in this dreadful weather and headed out 
over the St. Lawrence, the Atlantic Ocean and ultimately Nuremberg, 
Germany. 

The first part of our flight was rather bumpy due to the bad 
weather, and it was a couple of hours before we could loosen our seat 
belts and the "No smoking" lights went out. This did not in any way 
deter the hospitality of our Lufthansa Crew; they very quickly served 
drinks to all and shortly a lovely hot dinner. After this, the lights 
were dimmed in the aircraft and we settled down for the night. For 
most of us, it was a restless time with very little sleep. 

As we flew over Scotland and Holland, there was considerable cloud 
cover but the sun shone brightly and, once in a while, we were able to 
glimpse the patchwork terrain below. The Crew again served another 
delicious meal and then, in an air of increasing excitement, we made 
our preparations to land. 

When we landed in Nuremberg, it was a beautiful clear warm day. 
This weather was to follow us for the full length of our stay in Europe. 
The German Royal Arch Companions were waiting to greet us, and then 
we realized how much preparation they, too, had put into this precedent 
shattering visitation. 

After their warm welcome and almost token inspection by the Ger- 
man Customs, we were taken by bus to our hotels. Here, we were able 
to unpack our bags and refresh ourselves. 

Twenty-five of the Canadian Companions were taken to the City 
Hall where we were guests at a reception given in our honour by the 
Oberburgermeister of Nuremberg, Dr. A. Urschlechter, in the Council 
Chambers of the City Hall. Here, were greeted by the Oberburger- 
meister and Members of his staff, and after welcoming speeches and 
appropriate responses, we were served drinks and fancy sandwiches. 
The Council Chambers themselves are worthv of mention. They must 
have been at least sixty feet long and a good twenty feet wide. The 
high ceilings were a delight of colourful frescoes illustrating memorable 
incidents in the long history of this ancient city. 

After the reception, we were bussed to the Masonic Temple where 
we were booked in and we were able to purchase our luncheon and 
dinner tickets. 

On this same evening, we had the great thrill of being part of a 
Canadian Grand Chapter Degree Team, conferring the Supreme Degree 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 105 

of the Holy Royal Arch on one Canadian and three German Candidates 
in a German Masonic Temple and before the assembled Companions of 
the Convocation of Royal Arch Masons of Germany. Our Degree Team 
had not slept for at least thirty-two hours, and yet we put on a degree 
that everyone of us was proud of. This degree was very well received 
and our German Companions were quick to congratulate us and thank 
us. 

During the time of the degree, the ladies took part in two different 
functions. Those who were Eastern Star attended a meeting held in 
their honour by the ladies of the German Eastern Star. Those ladies 
who were not Eastern Star were taken on a walking tour of the walled 
city of Nuremberg, and then to the beautiful old Mautskeller where they 
were to be joined by their husbands and later the Eastern Star ladies. 
The Mautskeller is a famous tavern that was formerly a Customs 
House and dates back to the thirteenth century. 

After a most welcome night's sleep and breakfast at our respective 
hotels, the men again went to the Masonic Temple where they were the 
recipients of a warm personal welcome from the Grand High Priest of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Germany, Most Excellent 
Companion Gunther Gall. Our ladies were again taken on a sight- 
seeing tour of the delightful old city. 

On Saturday evening, we attended a formal dinner dance held at 
the Hotel Deutcher Hof in honour of our Most Excellent Comp. Leo 
Gent and the Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Ontario. The meal was outstanding. 

Our German Companions and their wives performed a series of 
historic traditional dances in costume and, after this, we all added our 
dancing talents to the evening. 

On Sunday morning, a short service of worship was held at the 
Masonic Temple and then our four buses were off on a beautiful scenic 
tour of Southwest Germany, Switzerland and Austria. 

The scenery and colour can only be described as spectacular. Our 
entire tour was brightened by the vivid colour of chestnut trees in 
blossom; orchards and gardens a mass of bloom against the rich green 
meadows and rugged mountains. All our hotel accommodations and 
meals left very little to be desired. Every place we went, we were 
welcomed and well treated. History to these people dates as far back 
as the Roman Empire, and all the subsequent wars and rebellions that 
we read of have left magnificent walled cities, stately castles and awe 
inspiring churches. All these combined have given these countries a 
landscape and a way of life entirely different to our own. 

Some members of the German Grand Chapter met us in Munich 
and still more were at the airport in Nuremberg to see us off. 

Our flight home was a delight. The Lufthansa Crew again outdid 
themselves in their hospitality and, by now, a warm spirit of friendship 
had greatly deepened among us all. Canadian Customs were most 
kind to us and we then went our different ways. 

In retrospect, I have no regrets about this venture. I am very 
sure that the Grand Chapter of Germany must feel that their Con- 
vocation was a memorable one because of our presence. We, in turn, all 
have a deeper sense of true universality of Masonry and I, for one, 
can't help feeling that perhaps in a small way we all helped to add to 
the same feelings among our German Companions. There will always 
be a warm feeling and a deep sense of friendship between their Grand 
Chapter and ours. If we accomplished nothing else, this warm friend- 
ship and deep mutual respect we have established between our two 
Grand Jurisdictions have made this entire event worthwhile. 



106 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

In a more local sense, the new friends we established among our 
own Ontario Companions has to be experienced to be realized. This 
was no quick handshake and murmured platitudes; this was a friendship 
made by days of constant companionship deepened by our mutual 
wonder and delight at what we were seeing and experiencing. 

The memories of this trip will live vividly in the memories of my 
wife and myself for the rest of our lives. We will never forget the new 
places and the new faces and, if at some future date another such 
excursion is planned, you may be sure Mac and Mary Ellenor will be 
at the front of the bus. 

R. EX. COMP. S. M. (MAC) ELLENOR, 

Past Grand Superintendent. 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDITIONS OF 
CAPITULAR MASONRY 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 

Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee presents its report on the Condition of Capitular 
Masonry in this Jurisdiction. 

The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the various districts 
have been reviewed and your Committee notes with satisfaction the 
excellent work done by these dedicated Masons. It is noted that in every 
District the Grand Superintendent has been received with honour and 
dignity and has represented the Grand First Principal very well. 

The work of the officers of the various Chapters has been reported 
as excellent; the new candidates have been received with dignity and 
the degrees have been conferred with a great deal of interest and well- 
nigh perfection. There appears to be an increase of interest shown in 
Capitular Masonry throughout the jurisdiction. 

Your Committee notes with regret the surrendering of the charter 
by St. Paul's Chapter No. 65 and sincerely hopes that the Companions of 
that Chapter will affiliate with some other Chapter and not be lost to 
Royal Arch Masonry. We cannot stress too strongly the need for good 
leadership in our Chapters, interesting and well-planned meetings, be- 
ginning promptly and concluding at not too late an hour. 

The increasing interest in Capitular Masonry is well emphasized by 
the work of the various Committees of Grand Chapter. We note with 
pleasure the excellent progress of the Committee on the "Work", chaired 
by M. Ex. Comp. Emmett and we are sure that everyone will realize the 
many hours of labour which have gone into the changes proposed in 
the degrees. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Maarten van Wamelen deserves great credit and the 
thanks of all the companions for the very excellent work done by the 
Committee on Masonic Education and Instruction. His untiring efforts 
have provided the incentive for many Chapters to have Education 
meetings which tend to increase the interest and knowledge of the 
companions. 

Your Committee notes the increased interest in the sphere of Public 
Relations and Rt. Ex. Comp. Edward Marshall is to be congratulated 
on the excellent progress being made on this very difficult subject. 
There have been several releases during the year and it is hoped that we 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 107 

can present a better image to the general public. The Companions are 
urged to assist this Committee by providing it with any item of news 
of an event which is taking place in their Districts. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Aube Weisman is to be complimented on the very 
fine work he is doing on two Committees — the Bursary Committee and 
the Membership Committee. He is recognized as the sparkplug on both 
these Committees and the success this year is due to his untiring efforts 
and leadership. 

District Church Services were held in all Districts and were attended 
by the Companions and families. These services tend to give us an 
opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the Supreme Being who has given 
us this opportunity of enjoying Royal Arch Masonry. 

Your Committee notes the Installation and Investiture of our Grand 
Master, M. Wor. Bro. and Very Ex. Comp. William K. Bailey at King 
Cyrus Chapter No. 232 by Most Ex. Comp. Welham, assisted by many 
Grand Chapter members. The meeting was well attended and Comp. 
Bailey spoke at the banquet. 

Many 50 year jewels and 25 year Past Principal jewels were pre- 
sented during the year. We wish these Companions many years of 
health and happiness. At Palestine Chapter No. 54, Ex. Comp. Dr. Geo. 
Kennedy was presented with his 70 year jewel. This companion, though 
97 years young, is still active and contributing his knowledge and ex- 
perience to Capitular Masonry. 

Your Committee notes the Centennials of Bruce Chapter No. 53, 
Petrolia and St. John's Chapter No. 48, Port Hope. It also notes the 
175th anniversary of Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1, 
Kingston. To these Chapters we extend congratulations and sincere 
wishes for continued success. Congratulations are also extended to 
Kitchener Chapter No. 117 on their new chapter room which was dedi- 
cated in due form by the Grand Council with many Grand Chapter 
members present. 

There is a continuing loss in membership but it is becoming less. 
There are many Chapters which are showing an increase in membership 
and your Committee feels that within a short period of time our Grand 
jurisdiction will turn that loss into a general gain. 

Your Committee notes the great contribution which our Grand First 
Principal, M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, has made to our Fraternity. We 
wish him continued health and wisdom that he may lead us to greater 
heights; we are certain that he will continue to receive the loyalty and 
support of all his companions. 

In conclusion, Companions, on considering the activities which have 
taken place this year and on reviewing the reports of the Grand Super- 
intendents, we can feel a new up-surge of enthusiasm developing. 

We have excellent leadership; stalwart, faithful Companions; we 
have this new enthusiasm, and with the knowledge of this combination 
your Committee has a great sense of satisfaction in reporting that the 
condition of Capitular Masonry in our jurisdiction is bright. It only 
remains for each companion to do his part — support his Chapter, have 
faith, and the Royal Craft will move into higher spheres of accomplish- 
ment. 

Your Committee wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Conley and the Grand Chapter office for all the 
assistance given us. We also wish to note the efficient manner in which 
his duties have been carried out. 



108 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

In conclusion, your Committee makes reference to the Table of 
Comparative figures compiled by the Grand Scribe E. which is much ap- 
preciated by many interested companions. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
RT. EX. COMP. FREDERICK SCOTT, 
RT. EX. COMP. LESLIE C. EWENER, 
RT. EX. COMP. HALLETT C. BANKS, 
RT. EX. COMP. GEORGE E. TURNER, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
George E. Turner and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GRAND Z.'s ADDRESS 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions 

of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 

Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions, your committee has reviewed 
the address of our Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Companion 
Leo Gent, and join with him in his warm and fraternal greetings to our 
distinguished guest. In particular do we concur in his gracious welcome 
to Most Worshipful Brother and Right Excellent Companion Harry L. 
Martyn representing Most Worshipful Brother and Very Excellent Com- 
panion William K. Bailey. 

It is with profound sorrow and a sense of personal loss we join 
with our Grand Z. in recording the passing of so many staunch pillars 
of our Order. The recent death of Most Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle 
came as a shock to a host of his friends and associates. 

While these distinguished Craftsmen are no longer with us, yet 
they will live in all things that surround us. 

We join with our Grand Z. in his expression of appreciation to the 
various committees for their continuous dedication and devotion. 

We note the extensive record of the visitations of our Grand Z. 
during his first term of office. This truly is an indication of his dedica- 
tion and devotion. We are confident the manner in which he has repre- 
sented our Grand Chapter wherever he has gone has added lustre to 
our Order. 

It is with pride we note, the many Anniversaries and Dedications 
that have taken place during the past year and extend to these Chapters 
our congratulations and best wishes for the future. 

It is most gratifying to note the number of Companions who have 
received Grand Chapter Jewels. We congratulate them and commend 
our Grand Z. on his action in having these jewels presented. 

The dispensations and appointments made by our Grand Z. appear 
in order and are confirmed. 

We join in the tribute and acknowledgment paid to Most Ex. Comp. 
Harold Shannon, Q.C., for the outstanding work he and the members of 
his committee have carried out in preparing the draft constitution. 

We join in the commendation and encouragement expressed by our 
Grand Z. to the Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee of Toronto and 
to Mount Sinai Chapter, Toronto. This example of Masonry in action 
is most worthy of emulation. 

We join with our Grand Z. in his concern over the decline in mem- 
bership and agree that every possible avenue must be explored to arrest 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 109 

this tide. 

The forthcoming trip to Germany, being a first, we congratulate 
our Grand Z. on arranging this tour, and feel confident it will strengthen 
the bounds of Masonry. 

We concur in our Grand Z.'s decision to involve the members of the 
Grand Executive in the work of Grand Chapter. 

Our Grand Z.'s thanks to the members of Grand Council, the Grand 
Scribe E. and all members of committees are concurred in by this 
committee. 

We most heartily concur in the recommendation of the Grand Z. 
to appoint Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. Turner as an Honorary Member of our 
Grand Executive. 

This recommendation is most timely in acknowledging the great 
contribution Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. Geo. E. Turner has made, not only as a 
member of our Grand Executive but in particular as an active member 
on many committees over the past number of years. We are therefore 
pleased to confirm this appointment. 

In conclusion your committee desire to tender to Most Ex. Comp. 
Leo Gent our sincere congratulations on his activity and zeal in carrying 
out his many duties. We feel sure he has earned the respect and 
admiration of his fellow companions. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
MOST EX. COMP. JOHN L. HOUSE, 
MOST EX. COMP. BRUCE H. SMITH, 
MOST EX. COMP. FRASER HAY, M.D., 
MOST EX. COMP. JAMES E. GIRVEN, 
MOST EX. COMP. HAROLD SHANNON, 
MOST EX. COMP. FRED W. D. WELHAM, 
MOST EX. COMP. CHARLES W. EMMETT, Chairman. 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett and Seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp J. L. House, 

"Resolved that this report be received by Grand Chapter and 
adopted." Carried. 



REPORT TO GRAND CHAPTER ON THE CONSTITUTION 

COMMITTEE 

I was asked to present the report of the Constitution Review Com- 
mittee on account of the illness of Most Excellent Companion Harold 
Shannon who, as you know, has been ill. During the past year or two 
since rough drafts were sent out to all Chapters there has been consider- 
able correspondence, making representations on behalf of various 
sections of the proposed new constitution. Some of these have been 
fairly isolated, and others have come from two or three sources. Every 
one has been given very careful consideration. There were, of course, 
a great many typographical errors in the draft as sent out the last time 
because we did, in fact, have a rather bad printing job. What I propose 
to do is to outline the major changes we have made and not pay too 
much attention to the errors which were of a typographical nature, but 
assure you that this entire thing will be gone over very carefully by the 
committee before it is again printed, and we shall try to catch the 
various errors, duplications, etc., as well as making the changes which I 
shall now indicate to you. 

It is not our intention to produce this new constitution in a bound 
edition this year, but rather to produce it in loose form and send it 



110 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

out to all Chapters again this Fall, to give anyone the opportunity of 
catching any further typographical errors or duplications before we go 
to the main printing, which will be next year. 

One of the main changes which we have made as a result of the 
executive committee's consideration of the draft yesterday was in the 
method of balloting. I raised the question with the Grand Executive 
as to whether or not people really understood what the change meant. 
I asked them to consider that this was a very important change and 
suggested that they must decide whether they were ready for such an 
important change in the method of balloting. The Executive meeting 
decided to recommend that we should not make the change and we 
therefore reverted to Section 52 of the old constitution. There was a 
great deal of discussion about a member being able to take his demit 
from a Craft Lodge and remain a member of Grand Chapter. I asked 
for the removal of Section 171 with the 1970 dating and recommended 
Section Q6, sub-section 1, page 31 of the draft which clearly states that 
any man who takes out a demit has lost his membership in Chapter. 
I have also agreed to recommend a resolution to Grand Chapter to give 
power to the Grand First Principal to grant dispensation in any hard- 
ship cases. The Scribes E. will be invited to send in to the Grand 
Chapter office a list of names of members who have taken their demit 
a long time ago and have been permitted to remain in Chapter, and 
where it was felt that it would now be a hardship for them to lose their 
membership, the Grand First Principal would have the power to grant 
dispensation. This is something which he tells me he intends to use 
very carefully but the important thing is that now the constitution is 
very clear as to demits and there is no room for doubt. I might say 
that in my opinion there was never any room for doubt but we have 
now made it clear to everyone. 

One of the important changes was in the various areas including 
Section 3, page 1, of the draft of October, 1972 where, along with Grand 
Chapter Officers it was proposed to list the holders of the Distinguished 
Service Medal. This was deleted and is deleted from all places where 
such reference was made. 

A change was made in respect of the honorary memberships per- 
mitted under Section 160 of the new constitution. The commutation 
fee to Grand Chapter is now $3.00; the option which formerly existed 
allowing the Chapter to choose whether to pay a commutation fee or 
alternatively continue to pay per capita fees to Grand Chapter, has now 
been eliminated. A certificate has been authorized, the certificate 
formerly in use having been rather unofficial, not having been provided 
for in the constitution. A proposal was to change the times of balloting 
as well as the times of registration from those now in existence at 
Grand Chapter. That proposal was eliminated and the times remain 
as before. 

These were the major changes. As soon as corrected copies can 
be made the new draft will be distributed and we shall invite corres- 
pondence with those who detect any errors or duplications or indeed any 
contradictions. 

W. S. THOMSON, 
Grand Second Principal. 

This constitution was passed unanimously. There was not a dis- 
senting voice and there were no questions from the floor. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. James E. Girven and carried, 

"Resolved that this report on the Draft Constitution be received 
and adopted." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 111 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS BURSARY 
COMMITTEE REPORT, 1972-73 

Most Excellent the Grand First Principal: 

The Grand Chapter Bursary Committee is pleased to present this 
report on its activities for the past year. 

We gratefully acknowledge, the valuable assistance to this Com- 
mittee by the Grand Superintendents of all Districts, their dedicated 
service to Masonry is well known to all. In addition to the many 
responsibilities throughout their respective Districts they frequently 
utilized portions of their time to speak about the Bursary programme. 
All Chapters were encouraged to participate in Bursary and this report 
will show that more Chapters than ever before were active in the bursary 
programme. 

The high stnadards established by previous bursary committees 
have been maintained. All applicatioins for assistance were thoroughly 
investigated. The co-operation of our Chapters, Grand Superintendents 
and the District Bursary Chairmen was invaluable by providing the 
necessary information and substantiation which greatly assisted us in 
reaching our decisions. 

The reduction of Educational Budgets has seriously affected student 
enrolment as well as curriculum. Undoubtedly, many students who had 
not obtained summer employment, or were without sufficient finances, 
decided not to continue their education. 

Since our last convocation we have received 35 applications for 
bursary assistance. Three were from children of deceased Companions. 
Two other applicants did not qualify for our aid. Two either withdrew 
or did not register for school. Two applicants did not reply to our 
correspondence, we therefore presume that they decided not to pursue 
their application. The remaining 29 applications received our close 
scrutiny and examination. The awards to these students were distri- 
buted among 16 Universities and Colleges. A total of $6,590.00 in 
Bursary awards has been disbursed in the past twelve months. The 
monies in every case was forwarded to the student awards officers of 
the educational institution for transmital to the student. In every case 
our qualifying clause prohibiting duplication of awards was stressed. 

To this date the Grand Chapter Bursary Committee, acting on your 
behalf, has made 113 awards totalling $33,655.00. 

I know you will join with me in sharing my pride in the participation 
by our Chapters and Companions. The audited balance sheet will be 
found in the proceedings. It is my happy duty to report that 91 Chapters 
Chapters have contributed to the Bursary Fund. Appended to this 
report is a composite of total bursary applications and awards. 

Credit for this increased involvement must go to the District and 
Chapter Bursary Chairmen. It is these Companions who deliver the 
Bursary message directly to the members of our Order and it is their 
perseverance and persistance that has enabled us to achieve new goals. 

Many Chapters commemorate the names of deceased Companions 
through the bursary. Such contributions are acknowledged by a certi- 
ficate sent to the family of the deceased Companion over the signature 
of the Grand First Principal. A complete list of contributors is attached 
to this report. 

This Committee grieves with all masonry in the passing of Most 
Excellent Companion Maurice A. Searle, the first chairman of the 
Grand Chapter Bursary Committee. For me it was a great personal 
loss as I recall the many hours we spent discussing the bursary pro- 



112 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

gramme which was his great love and gave him so much pleasure. His 
service to the dependants of our Companions was exemplary. It was his 
capacity for administration that established the present practices and 
regulations for the making of awards. He so often stated "that no 
dependant of a Royal Arch Mason should be denied the opportunity of 
higher education because of financial need". We recommend that future 
Grand Chapter Bursary Committees endeavour to carry on these high 
ideals in the future considerations of this important activity. 

DISTRICT BURSARY REPORTS 

St. Clair District No. 1 — R. Ex. Comp. George Lauzon reports that 
this district continues to support the bursary. He sent a personal letter 
to all Chapters which was well received. 

London District No. 2 — This district has made excellent progress in 
supporting the bursary fund. The chairman is R. Ex. Comp. Mac 
Ellenor. 

Wilson District No. 3 — Ex. Comp. Fred Gillies reports the active 
Chapters of this district appreciate and support the bursary pro- 
gramme. 

Wellington District No. 4 — This district continues its support for 
Bursary under the chairmanship of R. Ex. Comp. Bernard Robinson. The 
Principals Association of this district has contributed to the bursary. 

Hamilton District No. 5 — The continued support that we have come 
to expect of this district has been again maintained under the chair- 
manship of V. Ex. Comp. Jack Loft. 

Huron District No. 6 — The increased support we are receiving from 
this district under the chairmanship of R. Ex. Comp. W. Elmer John- 
ston is most gratifying. 

Niagara District No. 7 — District Chairman Ex. Comp. John Galla- 
way accompanied the District Superintendent on most of his visits. He 
was favourably received and received pledges of support for the bursary. 

Toronto East District No. 8 — Chairman R. Ex. Comp. Joe Bell has 
been in correspondence with the Chapters and, on occasion, spoken in 
Chapter. His efforts are reflected in a greater overall participation. 
This district held a social evening with the proceeds being contributed 
to Bursary. 

Toronto West District No. 8A — The support for bursary is again 
exemplified under the capable leadership of Ex. Comp. Everett Blue- 
stein. 

Georgian District No. 9 — R. Ex. Comp. Garnett E. Tait as chairman 
in this district has sustained the fine efforts established by this district. 

Ontario District No. 10 — Ex. Comp. Lance Patterson has been in 
communication with all Chapters and this district has once again been 
exemplary in support of the Bursary programme. 

Prince Edward District No. 11 — Under the continued chairmanship 
of R. Ex. Comp. Ralph Bell this district has again afforded strong sup- 
port to the Bursary. 

St. Lawrence District No. 12 — Under the competent direction of R. 
Ex. Comp. Robert H. Seymour this district has maintained its high 
level of participation. We specially acknowledge the activity of Ex. 
Comp. Orville Francis and Comp. Byron Gordon of this district. We 
are assured that this work will be continued with the assistance of a 
strong committee. 

Ottawa District No. 13 — The strong support that we have always 
received from this district, under the chairman, Ex. Comp. C. R. Ruttle, 
has once again been shown by the marked increased interest in Bursary. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 113 

Algoma District No. 14 — Ex. Comp. George Pape, District Chair- 
man, indicates the previous level of support by the Chapters of Algoma 
District is being maintained. Interest in bursary continues to increase. 

New Ontario District No. 15 — V. Ex. Comp. Albert Beach has bsen 
in touch with the Chapters of this district who continue to pledge their 
support to Bursary. 

Temiskaming District No. 16 — Our northern district has a new 
chairman in the person of R. Ex. Comp. G. S. Tipper. We expect re- 
newed interest from this district. 

We received a great many letters of thanks from our students. This 
is a quote from one of those letters: — 

"A" simple 'thank you' cannot nearly express the gratitude that I 
feel toward the Grand Chapter and all those Companions who made it 
possible to grant these bursary awards. To me it seems like a re-confir- 
mation of the basic goodness in man despite the strain which is put on 
him to survive in a competitive society. This confidence in human values 
enables me to carry on with my endeavour, to which I am committed 
by reason of desire, to help those that are less fortunate in their struggle 
to comprehend the complexity of a technological society. Thank you 
again." 

This being my final report as your chairman I wish to express my 
thanks to all the past and present members, of the Grand Chapter. I 
also extend my thanks to those officers, who in serving their own 
Chapters, recognized the great value of the Bursary Fund. The Bursary 
has been a unifying factor within this jurisdiction. All Royal Arch 
Masons are justly proud of the results achieved and the marks estab- 
lished by this singularly successful programme. To the members of the 
Bursary Committee goes my special thanks. During my term on the 
committee I was fortunate to be associated with Most Excellent Com- 
panions John M. Burden, Q.C., Maurice A. Searle, John L. House, Charles 
W. Emmett, Fred W. D. Welham, Leo J. Gent, Q.C., B.A., Right Excel- 
lent Companions Reg. Willet, Joe Hessey, Very Excellent Companions 
Ed. Shunk, Dr. John Brown, Excellent Companions Cliff Meunier and 
Andrew Rankine. Each of these worthy companions contributed a great 
deal to the functioning of this committee. Their advice was invaluable 
and they were always available. They made my task easier and without 
their help we could not have achieved our present success. 

I am very grateful to our Grand Scribe E. Right Excellent Com- 
panion Fred Conley, the co-operation afforded by the Grand Chapter 
office was especially helpful. 

This committee recommends the appointment of Excellent Com- 
panion Everett M. Bluestein to the Grand Chapter Bursary Committee. 
We also ask the Grand First Principal to accept the unanimous recom- 
mendation of this committee and endorse the appointment of V. Ex. 
Comp. Ed. Shunk as chairman. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

JOHN M. BURDEN, Q.C. 

JOHN L. HOUSE, 

CHARLES W. EMMETT, 

DR. JOHN BROWN, D.S.C. (London) 

Ex Officio Members. 

ED. SHUNK, 

JOE HESSEY, 

CLIFF MEUNIER, 

ANDREW RANKINE, 

AUBE WEISMAN (Chairman). 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Aube Weisman, seconded by V. Ex. Comp. 
Ed. Shunk that this report be adopted by Grand Chapter. 



114 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

CHAPTERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO DATE TO THE 
BURSARY FUND 

2 The Hiram, 5 St. George's, 6 St. John's, 7 The Moira, 8 King 
Solomon, 16 Carleton, 18 Oxford, 19 Mt. Moriah, 23 Ezra, 24 Tecumseh, 
26 St. Mark's, 27 Manitou, 28 Pentalpha, 29 McCallum, 30 Huron, 
31 Prince Edward, 32 Waterloo, 34 Signet, 35 Keystone, 36 Corinthian, 
37 Victoria, 41 Harris, 56 Georgian, 57 King Hiram, 59 Sussex-St. 
Lawrence, 61 Granite, 64 Wilson, 65 St. Paul's, 66 The Malloch, 
67 Enterprise, 69 Grimsby, 75 St. Clair, 76 Mount Nebo, 78 Minnewawa, 
79 Orient, 81 Aylmer, 82 Shuniah, 94 Midland, 95 Tuscan, 102 Algonquin, 
104 White Oak, 113 Covenant, 114 Bonnechere, 116 Maple, 117 Kitchener, 
119 King Cyrus, 130 Chantry, 133 St. Francis, 134 King Darius, 138 
Shekinah, 140 Ft. William, 144 Presqu'ile, 145 The St. Patrick, 146 Ber- 
nard, 149 Atwood, 152 Alberton, 158 Sombra, 155 Ancaster, 167 Kichi- 
kewana, 168 Ionic, 175 The Hamilton, 195 Peel, 198 Couchiching, 205 
Victoria, 210 Kitchener, 212 Mt. Sinai, 215 Mimico, 217 St. Alban's, 
218 Prince Edward, 220 Lebanon, 222 Ottawa, 224 Keystone, 225 Beaver, 
226 Prince of Wales, 227 Quinte-Friendship, 236 Caledonia, 238 The St. 
Andrew's, 239 Blenheim, 241 University, 242 St. Paul's, 243 McKay, 
247 Nilestown, 249 Palestine, 250 Thomas Peters, 252 Hiawatha, 254 
Golden Star, 257 Espanola, 259 Quetico, 260 Centennial, 262 King David, 
263 The Scarborough. 

Adoniram Council No. 2, Adoniram Council No. 8, Riblah Council 
No. 2, Farrington Cone, Principal's Ass'n — Wellington and Toronto East 
Districts. 

Total to date — 91 Chapters. 

COMPOSITE OF TOTAL BURSARY APPLICATIONS AND AWARDS 

1966/67—9 Applications; 9 Awards; Total $4,000.00. 

6 Male, 3 Female, 8 Chapters 
1967/68— ,12 Applications; 8 Awards; Total $3,800.00. 

4 Male, 4 Female, 7 Chapters 
1968/69—18 Applications; 14 Awards; Total $4,250.00 

4 Male, 10 Female, 13 Chapters 
1969/70—18 Applications; 15 Awards; Total $4,150.00 

6 Male, 9 Female, 13 Chapters 

1970/71—16 Applications; 13 Awards; Total $3,950.00 

7 Male, 6 Female, 13 Chapters 

1971/72—33 Applications; 25 Awards; Total $6,915.00 

16 Male, 9 Female, 22 Chapters 
1972/72—33 Applications; 25 Awards; Total $6,915.00 

19 Male, 10 Female, 24 Chapters. 
Total Applications 141; Total Awards 113 

62 Male, 51 Female, 57 Chapters 



COMMITTEE REPORT FOR STUDY OF ASSISTANCE 

TO CHAPTERS 

To Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir, as Chairman of your Committee I have appre- 
ciated the opportunity to work with the Companions of some of the 
Chapters where they encountered problems and in several cases it has 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 115 

been very gratifying to see with renewed enthusiasm they have become 
more active and are progressing quite well. 

We appreciate too, Most Excellent Sir the leadership you have 
been giving in appointed sub-committees in some of the districts to 
assist Chapters where needed. 

Your Committee was able to hold their first full meeting Tuesday 
evening, April 24th, 1973 which was attended by all Grand Superin- 
tendents. Each Superintendent reviewed his year in office pointing out 
the strengths and weaknesses of Chapters in his district. As a general 
statement practically all Superintendents expressed a feeling of optimism 
that membership and interest was on the upswing. They quoted 
examples of Chapters having one to four Candidates during the first 
quarter of 1973 where as they had been without Candidates during the 
past one or two years, one district showed an increase of 3.8% last 
year. 

The meeting was particularly useful for the exchange of ideas to 
produce inovative programs in the district and individual Chapters. 
Many indicated Chapters were holding Master Mason nights, as well 
as receiving invitations from Craft lodges to have Royal Arch Degree 
teams confer degrees. I would judge from the comments that there is 
greater communication and closer relationship between craft lodges 
and Royal Arch Chapters than in the past. A number reported new 
candidates as a result of these efforts. It was felt too that District and 
Chapter church services was an excellent way to become better recog- 
nized by the public. Father and son Chapter nights with a special 
program for youth was being used by some Chapters. 

All agreed though, Chapters having Past Principals acting as First 
Principals usually were encountering difficulty and need special assist- 
ance. There are some Scribes E. who have had little experience or 
benefit from instruction and need assistance and instruction in the 
duties of their office. In other instances some Scribes E. have served 
in the office too long and exert too much control over the Principals of 
the Chapter. 

COMMUNICATION 

Many Grand Superintendents expressed the view, there is insuffi- 
cient Communication between Chapters in the district and recommend 
all Scribes E. exchange summonses with First Principals and Scribes E. 
of their district. Each Scribe E. could then list coming events in their 
summonses. 

All Superintendents expressed their appreciation for the seminars 
conducted by the Chairman of the Masonic Education and Instruction 
Committee R. Ex. Comp. Maarten van Wamelen and felt there was a 
need for the secretaries to the Grand Superintendents to be present at 
such seminars. 

A few Grand Superintendents felt they received good Communica- 
tion from the Immediate Past Superintendent but others felt a procedure 
should be established for a discussion between the outgoing Superin- 
tendent and themselves. 

As a result of the discussions at our meeting the Committee respec- 
tively submits the following for consideration by the Grand Council. 

1. That Seminars be continued for Grand Superintendents and 
that secretaries to Grand Superintendents be included and 
instruction provided to enable them to give better advice and 
council to Scribes E. 

2. That Scribes E. be requested to send summonses to all First 
Principals and Scribes E. in their district and include coming 



116 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

events in other Chapters in their summonses. 

3. That emphasis be continued for planning Master Mason nights 
in Chapters and degree teams to visit Craft lodges to confer 
degrees. 

4. That Grand Superintendents plan district social events. 

5. That the Grand Scribe E. be prepared to visit Chapters in 
districts where the Scribes E. need instruction and guidance. 

6. That Constituent Chapters be encouraged to review all sus- 
pended and demitted Companions and encourage those that 
might be considered prospective Candidates to seek admission 
to join the Chapter again. 

7. Since many Grand Superintendents have developed great en- 
thusiasm for the work in the district it is recommended the 
Grand Council consider ways and means to give them further 
responsibilities. 

In concluding this report, we are most grateful for the assistance 
given and the interest shown by the District Grand Superintendents to 
further the cause of Royal Arch Masonry in our Grand Jurisdiction. 
The Key word in both Chapters and by Grand Superintendents is 
continued involvement for all Companions to provide increased attendance 
and membership. 

Again as we said last year, proper leadership is the key word to 
success. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
All Grand Superintendents, 

r. ex. comp. ed elcombe, 
r. ex. comp. e. j. j. jackson, 
r. ex. comp. gordon hale, 
r. ex. comp. McGregor, 

M. EX. COMP. JAMES E. GIRVEN, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven and carried, 

Resolved that this Report be received by Grand Chapter and adopted. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett spoke to the assembled Com- 
panions concerning the Election of their Grand. Superintendents. It was 
suggested that most Districts are aware of who will be elected to the 
above office. It is suggested that thought be given to electing a 
Secretary for the District for the year. The next year, provided his 
work and effort are satisfactory to the Companions, he would automa- 
tically be elected as Grand Superintendent. This gives a year of pre- 
paration for this most important office. It is suggested that, at the 
1974 Convocation, there be a discussion from the floor of Grand Chapter 
on this question and a decision arrived at. 

COMMISSIONS 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., requested R. Ex. Comp. W. S. 
Thomson to present two Commissions to our Companions who would 
represent our Sister Jurisdictions near our Grand Body. 
The recipients were: 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sproule — Argentina. 
R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Conley — South Dakota. 



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Before the Grand Chapter Convocation closed, M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. 
Gent called on the Grand King of Indiana, R. Ex. Comp. Russell E. Brock, 
to present their Commission to Indiana's Representative near our Grand 
Body, V. Ex. Comp. David Sturch, who had been unable to be present 
at an earlier time in the Convocation due to previous appointments at 
his office. 



PRESENTATION 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard White of Manitoba, who was representing 
the Grand Z. of that Sister Jurisdiction, was asked to speak. He brought 
greetings from his Grand Z. and Companions. 

He then proceeded to present a framed picture of the Grand Z.'s of 
the Grand Chapter of Canada during the period of 1857 to 1907. This 
had been found in a house that was being demolished. It was felt by 
the Grand Z. of Manitoba that this would be prized by this Jurisdiction 
and hence R. Ex. Comp. White had been sent to our Convocation to 
present it. M. Ex. Comp. Hugh L. Hornbeck, Grand Z. of Manitoba, 
regretted that he was not able to attend personally. 



OFFICERS INVESTED AND INSTALLED 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham, I.P.G.Z., was requested by the 
Grand Z. to assume the office of Installing Z. and proceed with the 
Investiture and Installation of the Officers of Grand Chapter for 
1973-74. 

The Grand Scribe E. was requested to read the results of the 
Election. The Director of Ceremonies was directed to collect the collars 
and jewels of newly elected Officers. As the Grand Council was elected 
by acclamation, they were declared. Grand Honours was given under 
the leadership of the Director of Ceremoneis. 

The Grand Superintendents for 1973-74 were presented and duly 
obligated, invested and installed in prescribed form. The remaining 
Officers, newly elected, were invested and the other officers declared. 



APPOINTMENTS 

The Committee on the Grand Z.s Address was favourable to the 
Grand Z.'s recommendations and was accepted by the Grand Convoca- 
tion. M. Ex. Comp. Gent then read the Addendum to his address as 
previously printed at the end of his address. 

After the Ceremony of Installation was completed, M. Ex. Comp. 
Leo J. Gent, Grand Z., thanked M. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham and his 
Officers for a very fine installation. He hoped that all Elected Officers 
now installed would enjoy a year of service and accomplishments for 
Grand Chapter. 

The Grand Z. then proceeded to read the list of Appointments of 
Grand Chapter for 1973-74. He stated that he did reserve the right to 
make some changes in the appointments of some offices. This would be 
done at an early date. The appointments are as listed now in this 
Proceedings. 



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MOTIONS 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. William H. Sproule, and carried, 

A. "That R. Ex. Comp. Carl Ackert be appointed for a further 3 years 
(1976) on the Benevolent Committee." 

B. "That M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. Welham fill the vacancy on the 
Benevolent Committee caused by the death of M. Ex. Comp. Maurice 
A. Searle." 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Sproule, 
and carried, 

"That M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett bs appointed to the 
Committee on Distinguished Service Awards for a further term of 
3 years." 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. Sproule, 
and carried, 

"That V. Ex. Comp. Edward Shunk be appointed Chairman of the 

Committee on Archives." 

A letter was read from Mimico Chapter No. 215 proposing that the 
Bursary Fund be known in the future as the "Maurice A. Searle Bursary 
Fund", thus honouring our Late M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle who 
had served the first five years of the Fund as Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Charles W. Emmett, and carried in principle, 

"That the Bursary Fund of Grand Chapter be known as the Maurice 

A. Searle Bursary Fund." 

This was then referred to the Grand Advisory for further study and 
recommendation. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. William S. Thomson, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. William H. Sproule and carried, 

"That the thanks of Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

in the Province of Ontario be tendered to: 

A. The Credentials Committee, Chairman R. Ex. Comp. James 
W. Woodland, for their most efficient manner in which they 
discharged their duties. 

B. The Scrutineers, Chairman Ex. Comp. William Boston, for their 
services in conducting the election of officers. 

C. The General Committee, Chairman R. Ex. Comp. Maarten van 
Wamelen, for their untiring efforts in caring for all arrange- 
ments for this Convocation. 

D. The Installation Board, Installing Z.— M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. D. 
Welham, for their efficient manner in carrying out their duties. 

E. The Skyline Hotel for their pleasant and co-operative attitude 
and performance of their work at all times. 

F. All Companions who helped in any way in this Grand Con- 
vocation." 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred Scott, and carried, 

"That a Companion who has been elected for a second term in the 
same office need not be invested and installed but merely declared." 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey, seconded by Ex. Comp. R. 
F. McRae, and lost, 



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"That the Constitution of Grand Chapter relating to dates of Grand 
Chapter Convocation be waived for 1974, and Convocation held on 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday of fourth week of April, 1974." 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett pointed out that this was a very inap- 
propriate time to follow this procedure. There did not appear to be a 
pressing need. V. Ex. Comp. G. Fennell felt that in the middle of the 
week, Convocation meant a large loss in wages to Companions; the 
weekend would suit better. M. Ex. Comp. F. Hay stated that at the 
Grand Executive Meeting it was agreed there would be no change in 
Convocation dates except under very special circumstances. If we have 
a Constitution, it should be followed and not change the date but remain 
as stated in the Constitution. M. Ex. Comp. Gent, Grand Z., pointed out 
that, if the Convocation were in the middle of the week and he had 
cases due to come up in Court on those days, it might be necessary for 
him to be absent and a Past Grand Z. carry on. Ex. Comp. Brock stated 
that, in his opinion, we need more Companions at Grand Chapter Con- 
vocation to get more ideas from the Jurisdiction. The Friday, Saturday 
days might accomplish this. This present Convocation seemed to have 
the smallest attendance in years. 

A standing vote was taken, counted by the Grand Scribe E. and 
the Grand Treasurer, and the Motion was declared lost. 

M. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent added his personal thanks to all 
Companions who helped make this Convocation a success. 




The labour of the Annual Convocation being 
ended, Grand Chapter was closed in Ample 
Form at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, 26 April, 1973, 
Toronto, Ontario. 

Grand Scribe E. 



Address of the Grand Z. 
Leo J. Gent, Q.C., B.A. 
21 Catherine St. E., 
Box 78, 

Dorchester, Ont. 
NOL 1G0. 



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APPENDIX 

COMPANIONS REINSTATED — 1972 

35— Douglas Taylor; 36— Gendron H. Clarke; 48— Douglas N. Tait; 
63 — Pete Hume Hartry Bissonnette; 71 — Watson Hallock; 77 — Percy 
W. Boyd; 79— Ivan James Williams; 81— Asel Bartlett; 90— Frank 
Edwards; 95 — John David MacFarlane; 102 — Boyd Morrison Anderson 
McBurnie; 145— Leslie Alex Moore; 147 — J. W. E. Crawford; 168 — Claire 
Eugene Ames; 218— Albert William Holton; 222— Harold Edward 
Thompson; 232— Herbert Diez; 247— William George Holmes; 254— 
Ebenezer Merdith Morgan; 260 — Alfred Joseph Grosvenor. 

SUSPENSIONS — 1972 

2 — Ormerod, Wm. Gordon; Lavery, Joseph; Prentice, Dugald. 3 — 
Marsh, Robert John; Hopkins, Wm. Lloyd: Hope, Charles W. 4 — Stokes, 
Clarence James; Thompson, William Harold. 6 — Haylock, Thomas 
Richard; Brown, Stanley Diamond; McLaren, Laughlin McPherson. 8 — 
Munn, William. 16 — Cronsberry, Alexander McLeod; Rosentrom, Alfred 
Nobel; Salhany, Fred B. 23 — Burroughs, George William; Tisdale, 
Robert David; McBride, Bernard Carl. 24 — Hartwick, Leo Floyd; Egan, 
Willis Ivan; Keller, Robert Gordon: Orr, John Kenneth. 26— Egerton, 
Patrick Lawrence; Hadley, John Herbert. 27 — Irvine, Samuel. 28 — 
Mills, Ross Edward; Jackson, Walter Herbert; Borrow, Peter Edward. 
34 — Scott, Frank Maurice; Howard, Leslie Ronald. 36 — McNichol, Ken- 
neth; Shaw, Wm. Congalton; Gordon-Tydd, Arthur George. 44 — Rich- 
mond, Claude Roy; Lloyd, Fred B. Lloyd. 47 Sewell, David Arthur. 56 — 
MacNab, Stanley Mack; 57 — Favell, George E.; Fudon, Frank. 59 — 
Boyce, R. S.; Perkins, Gerald John; Gilroy, John Waldo; Halka, Nicholas. 
63. — MacKay, John McDonald. 64 — Armstrong, Ralph C. 66 — Jackson, 
Barrie; Mitchell, Morton K.; Wilbee, William W.; Caldwell, William 
Walton; McGavin, Gordon. 71 — O'Hara. Robert John; Imrie, Ernest; 
Stowe, Walter Elmer. 74 — White, John A.; 77 — Pickup, Emlyn; Jensen, 
Peter Rang; Frost, Wilfred Arnold; Wallace, Harry Samuel; Warren, 
William John Edward. 79 — Martins, Samuel John Ernest; McEdwards, 
John. 82— Robillard, Roy Finley; Button, Colin Richard. 90— Speight, 
Horace Walter; Cunningham, Thomas W. 91 — Thomas, Stanley Edward; 
Shepherd, Alexander Ferrier. 95 — Yeo, John Gordon; Marshall, Free- 
man Nelson; Attwood, Frank Herbert. 

102 — Davies, Reginald Herbert; McLean, Ian. 104 — Wilson, Jack; 
Leary, Harold Franclyn; McNally, George Walter; Porter, George Ray- 
mond; Marchand, Louis Goodwill Batten; Hines, Robert; Turner, Colin; 
Franklin, Frank Bruce. 113 — Lamble, Norman Allen; Dennison, William, 
M.C.A. 119— Drake, Peter Alfred; Brown, Morgan. 132— Clarke, John 
James. 138 — Clark, Hugh; Smith, John Kenneth; Wilson, Allan George; 
Masters, Reginald. 140 — Jarrett, Frank Ernest; Shipowich, Michael; 
Pumphrey, Frank Joseph; Cunningham, George Sutton; Barrow, Wil- 
liam; Linstrom, Raymond Paul; Anuik, James; Wallace, Samuel Alex- 
ander; Morris, Gordon Baxter. 145 — Bested, Albert; Bennett, James 
Sneddon; Spence, Keith A. 151 — Harle, Roy Kennedy; Jeffrey, Leonox- 
Roy; Eckford, Kenneth; Dennison, Ormond Melford; Blondeau, James 
Clare; Beavis, Walter Glen; Story, John Good. 155 — Earl, Wallace; 
Howard, John. 167 — Setterington, William Coultis; Livingstone, Her- 
man; Powell, Quintin Joseph. 168 — Ross, James. 195 — Leonard, George 
E ; 198 — McMurray, John Charles; Daniels, Raymond Sidney; Alexander, 
John Fleming; Faris, Raymond Alexander. 205 — Swan, Eric James. 



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212 — Cook, Wm. Allan; Valder, Emanuel. 215— Sneddon, Godfrey; 
Ward, Richard Elliott; Hucker, Alan; Simmonds, Gordon John; Stock- 
well, George; Dixon, Robert. 222 — McKnight, David John; Parker, 
Gerald; McFarlane, John Bruce; Patterson, Rupert Vernon; Heinekey, 
Gordon Patrick; Stevenson, Trueman Murray; Rees, Michael. 227 — 
Newman, William Arthur; Gibbs, Frank N.; Fournia, Harry Douglas; 
Hutchinson, Arnold John. 231 — McCullough, William George; McClin- 
tock, Ellis Lee. 233 — Given, Joseph E.; Hall, Eber John; Easson, Grant 
Mark. 238 — Cochran, Albert Jack; Does, Adrian Jacob. 241 — Ruder- 
man, Armand Peter. 243 — Sinclair, James Levack; Clause, Roy Kenneth. 
245 — Campbell, John Morris. 250 — Flanagan, Beverley; Paget, Donald 
Max; Henriksen, Lloyd Alrick; Kimmerly, James Albert; Pettit Austin 
Bernice; Mitchell, Keith Anson; Campeau, Joseph Denis Anthony; King, 
Anthony Edmund; Price, Harold William. 251 — Murdoch, Gilbert Ber- 
wood; Neilson, Walter Leopold. 252 — Rogers, George Albert; Spiers, 
William Russell; Tremain, Roy; Thibault, Florian; Whiting, William 
Henry. 254 — Wright, Charles James; Drabot, William Walter. 255 — 
Andrews, George W.; Wilson, Currie Kitchener; Hart, Robert George; 
McKibbon, H. John; Harvey, Wilbert Ronald; McLuhan, Herbert Arthur; 
Eckford, Alva C. 260— Blayney, Robert Herbert. 261— McDonald, 
Frank James. 

DEMOTED — 1972 

1 — McNevin, Douglas; Moore, Reginald Ross. 2 — Werthmiller, 
Werner. 3 — Maxwell, Archie McDonald. 4 — Lee, Edward Thomas; 
Court, Douglas Arnold. 6 — Tym, Graeme Andrew. 7 — Hume, George. 
8 — McWilliams, John. 16 — Bennett, Harold D.; Cowan, Alexander; 
Simpson, Allan James; Ruffner, B. Winfred; Wilson, Russell; McMul- 
lin, Stuart Allan; Ocishaw, John David. 18 — Nadalin, Edward F.; Bell, 
George William. 19— Button, Walter Nelson. 23— Saul, Gordon Earl; 
Hilson, Percy. 26 — Birch, John Maurice; Saigle, Clifton Ernest. 27 — 
Butler, Raymond Maurice; Randall, John; Stephenson, Thomas. 28 — 
Payton, Reverend James Arnold; Wood, Norman Lloyd; Carey, John; 
Holding, William James. 29 — Stevenett, Samuel J.; Lucken, William 
Edmond. 30— Miller, Clarence Ogle. 31— Fox, Walter. 34— Buffy, 
Edward Reuben. 35 — Bateman, John Gordon; Crawford, James Mark. 
36 — Little, Alvin Ross; Holmes, William Allen; Bickell, Samuel Max- 
well; Wocker, John William; Jones, Arthur Henry; Stock, Gerald Albert. 
41 — Le Faive, Gerald White; Cornell, Harry Rowan. 44 — Poste, Gar- 
diner. 46 — McGiveron, Thomas. 48 — Hannah, Jackson Donald; Haw- 
kins, John. 53 — McDonald, Harold C. 54 — Newman, Herbert Frank; 
Cox, Frederick Wilbar; McCormick, George; Ford, Preston Elwin. 55 — 
Pritchard, George; Garrett, Lionel. 56 — Robertson, Floyd. 59 — Beach, 
Raymond George; Birrell, Archibald S. 61— McMullan, J. R. 63— 
Shewfelt, Wilbert Peter. 64— Hill, William J. A.; Ferguson, James 
Scott. 65 — Robertson, William James; MacKenzie, Donald John. 69 — 
Wilcox, Alden Benjiman. 74 — Sigmond, Joseph. 75 — Magee, Harold 
Ross; Brush, Kenneth. 76 — Rigby, Clarence Parke; Benson, William 
Norman; Krstic, Victor. 77 — Carter, Godfrey Charles; Williamson, 
Lawrence Greye; Fitzsimmons, George A. 79 — Warren, Leonard 
George. 83— Dalgleish, Harvey Lind; Dods, James B.; Smith, Alan 
Arthur. 88 — Smith, J. Frank; Harper, Gerald L. 91— Nelson, Harold 
Neil; Wood, George Greig; Lewis, Rees McCaig; Tripp, Russell A.; 
Noble, Henry; Johnston, Charles Herbert. 94 — Nichols, Elijah Wesley; 
Taylor, Douglas. 95 — Pellow, William Russell; Meikle, Joseph Robert; 
Fraser, Donald Alexander; Morden, Lloyd Westmount; Tuddenham, 
Larwill Samuel Eyre; Misener, Ronald Kitchener; Moore, Wilfred 
Chalmers; Goudoever, Eliga Johannes; Burk, Albert Harold. 102 — 



122 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Curry, E. H.; Downing, Arthur Cornelious. 103 — Bradford, Ervin McL.; 
Woodburn, John Murray. 104 — Henderson, Robert; McKenzie, Wilbert 
James. 110 — Ostrom, Turner Gideon; Armstrong, Bolton Samuel. 112 — 
Casselman, Fred Cecil; Fitzsimmons, Edward. 113 — Cousins, William 
Alfred; Tait, Edwin; Green, Frederick. 15 — Weatherston, James Doug- 
las; Gatenby, Robert J. M. 117 — Settelen, John Rudolph; Lake, Carl 
Avard; Judd, Charles Joseph; Mullins, David Kenneth; Jagges, Wil- 
liam J.; Stauttener, Wilhelm Jacob; Schreiter, Thomas George; Furtney, 
Bruce Andrew; Houle, Donald Joseph. 119 — Getty, Robert Darrel. 129 — 
Allen, Ernest Scott. 130 — Yates, Howard Herman. 

131— Bates, Clifford Elwood. 132— Goldup, Frederick William. 133— 
Scott, Harold Elmer; Chernoff, James Evans McCracker, Donald 
George. 134 — Morgan, Claremont S. 135 — Urbanski, Stanley Thomas. 
138 — Hutley, James; Fraser, Robert McKay. 140 — Edgar, James Noel; 
Cunningham, Eldon John. 143 — Hunter, Russell M. 145 — Chapman, 
Samuel Edward. 146 — Taman, Edward Howell. 147 — Grant Peter M. 
151 — Condie, Gordon; Clauson, Harold J.; Yost, William John; Snow, 
Rupert Charles; Boyle, Edward Malcolm; Allan, Garnet; Medleu, Jacob 
Baynard; Collins, Alva Boyd; Achtenberg, Norman; Buthrie, John 
Erskine. 153 — Lee, Donald; Fairbanks, Jay Beverley; Ritchie, Earl 
McCreary; Stevens, Frederick Raymond; Morrow, Robert John. 155 — 
Hewitson, Robert; Barlow, Ira. 161 — Frost, Roy. 167 — Hornsby, 
Herbert; Stoddart, Robert N.; Rankin, Eric James; Campbell, Alexander. 
168 — Palliser, John George; Yerwood, Adam Bartlett; Baker, William 
Ward. 175 — Ralph, Howard; Kelly, Ross Michael. 195 — McLean, 
Douglas Allan; Wilson, Jack T.; Carpenter, John Edwin; Tomlinson, 
Horace; McArthur, William Neil; Haslam Stuart; Hord, William George. 
198 — Patterson, David Alexander; Litster, Leonard John; MacQuarrie, 
Reginald Bryson. 205 — Cuthbertson, John D. H. 212 — Gerston, Harry 
Jules; Bregman, Sidney; Goldhar, Samuel; Solway, Irwin; Yavner, 
Sydney. 215 — Grimmon, James; Evans, Lloyd George; Rands, Bruce 
Watson; Banks, Harry; McCaskell, Hugh. 221 — Neilson, Donald R. 
222— Waters, William H.; Templeton, Robert; Salvona, Hugh; Aldred, 
Alex Tinham; Pickering, Douglas Stephens; Sewell, Ellwood Richard; 
Thompson, Harsed Edward. 223 — Leigh, L. S. 224 — Passmore, 
Richard E. 227 — Rollins, John Abner; Empey, Norris Elwood; Bishop, 
Donald George; Maclnnes, Donald Everett. 230 — Hartnoll, William. 
231— Browne, Ian. 232— McKenzie, Williard Maurice. 233— North, 
William Glidhall; Canty, Albert H. 234— Brooker, Charles Milton. 
235 — Clarke, Keith Gordon; Dawson, George Cummings; Gordon, Aubrey 
James; Shave, James Taylor. 241 — Hendrie, John J. 243 — Ascot, John 
Edward. 246— Bagg, George A. R.; Wenborn, John Thomas; Sharpe, 
Ralph William. 249— Walkey, Howard Earl. 252— Halliley, Reginald; 
Jackson, Harvey Laverne; Kirk, Russell Harvey. 259 — Fraser, Donald G. 
260— Thorp, Alfred. 262— Muir, John Edward; Brown, Charles; Young, 
Robert A. 263 — Myers, Marshall; Ough, Emmerson T.; Fitzpatrick, 
James; Wakefield, Jack Thomas Edward; Dunlop, Roy Anson; Vance, 
Kenneth; Sharp, Frederick; Bullick, William Harold; Brown, Robert; 
Manning, Arthur; Smith, Henry Joseph; Slack, George Ernest; Water- 
house, William James; Dain, Henry R. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 123 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS AND DISTRICT CHAPTERS 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. John Elliott Finley, 612 West Street, Dresden, Ont. 

47 Wellington Chatham H9 Kinq- Cyrus Leamington 

71 Prince of Wales Essex 153 Sombra Wallaceburg 

73 Erie Ridgetown 239 Blenheim Blenheim 

80 Ark Windsor 250 Thomas Peters Windsor 

88 MacNabb Dresden 

LONDON DISTRICT No. 2 
R. Ex. Comp. Harold F. Bouck, 416 Talfourd St., Sarnia, Ont. 

3 St. John's London 81 Aylmer Aylmer 

5 St. George's London 150 London London 

15 Wawanosh Sarnia 214 Vimy Inwood 

53 Bruce Petrolia 238 The St. Andrew London 

54 Palestine St. Thomas 242 St. Paul's Lambeth 

74 Beaver Strathroy 247 Nilestown Nilestown 

78 Minnewawa Parkhill 252 Hiawatha Sarnia 

WILSON DISTRICT No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. George Llewellyn Nutt, 516 Fair St., Woodstock, Ont. 

18 Oxford Woodstock 115 Brant Paris 

20 Mount Horeb Brantford 253 Regal Port Dover 

23 Ezra Simcoe 255 Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 

41 Harris Ingersoll 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. John Prentice, 549 Sprucehill Ave., Waterloo, Ont. 

32 Waterloo Gait 218 Prince Edward Shelburne 

40 Guelph Guelph 221 Durham Durham 

67 Enterprise Palmerston 234 Halton Georgetown 

83 Ionic Orangeville 245 Preston Preston 

117 Kitchener Kitchener 

HAMILTON DISTRICT NO. 5 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Kenneth Matteson, R.R. #1, Caledonia, Ont. 

2 The Hiram Hamilton 175 The Hamilton Hamilton 

6 St. John's Hamilton 224 Keystone Hamilton 

75 St. Clair Milton 236 Caledonia Caledonia 

104 White Oak Oakville 243 McKay Stoney Creek 

155 Ancaster Ancaster 262 King David Burlington 

HURON DISTRICT No. 6 
R. Ex. Comp. Bertie Allan Mennie, 281 Water St., Stratford, Ont. 

24 Tecumseh Stratford 84 Lebanon Wingham 

30 Huron Goderich 129 Elliott Mitchell 

46 St. James St. Marys 146 Bernard Listowel 

63 Havelock Kincardine 147 Lucknow Lucknow 
66 The Malloch Seaforth 



124 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

NIAGARA DISTRICT No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Alfred Staines, 426 Dorchester St., Box 966, 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

19 Mount Mcriah . St. Catharines 69 Grimsby Grimsby 

29 McCallum Dunnville 76 Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55 Niagara .Niagara-on-the-Lake 184 Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57 King Hiram Port Colborne 240 Smithville Smithville 

64 Willson Welland 

TORONTO EAST No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Douglas Mathew Tozer, 173 Florence Ave., 
Willowdale, Ont. M2N 1G5 

4 St. Andrew & St. John 205 Victoria Thornhill 

Toronto 217 St. Alban's Thornhill 

8 King Solomon Toronto 225 Beaver Toronto 

62 York Leaside 235 Aurora Aurora 

79 Orient Toronto 241 University Thornhill 

135 Succoth Uxbridge 258 Tyrian Stouffville 

145 The St. Patrick Thornhill 263 The Scarborough, Scarborough 



TORONTO WEST DISTRICT No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Chrys. J. Lewis, 1511 Myron Dr., 

Mississauga, Ont. L5E 2N5 

77 Occident Toronto 220 Lebanon Etobicoke 

91 Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230 Port Credit Port Credit 

138 Shekinah Toronto 231 The St. Clair Richmond Hill 

195 Peel Bramplion 232 King Cyrus Toronto 

212 Mount Sinai Leaside 233 Oakwood Leaside 

215 Mimico Mimico 246 Humber Weston 

219 Ulster Scarborough 260 Centennial Streetsviille 



GEORGIAN DISTRICT No. 9 
R. Ex. Comp. James Alfred Kilsby, 127 Minnesota St., Collingwood, Ont. 

27 Manitou Collingwood 131 Amabel Wiarton 

34 Signet Barrie 167 Kichikewana ... Midland 

56 Georgian Owen Sound 198 Couchiching Orillia 

130 Chantry Southampton 261 Seguin Parry Sound 

ONTARIO DISTRICT NO. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. Jack Meier, Box 293, Campbellford, Ont. 

28 Pentalpha Oshawa 94 Midland Lindsay 

35 Keystone Whitby 110 Warkworth Warkworth 

36 Corinthian Peterborough 134 King Darius Cannington 

37 Victoria Port Hope 168 Ionic Campbellford 

45 Excelsior Colborne 249 Palestine Bowmanville 

48 St. John's Cobourg 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 125 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT No. 11 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Lloyd Goodman, 309 Bleecker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

7 The Moira Belleville 72 Keystone Stirling 

26 St. Mark's Trenton 144 Presqu'ile Brighton 

31 Prince Edward Picton 161 Madoc Madoc 

44 Mount Sinai Napanee 227 Quinte Friendship ...Belleville 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT No. 12 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Keith Laushway, R.R. #1, Prescott, Ont. 

1 Ancient Frontenac and 68 Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112 St. John's Morrisburg 

22 Grenville Prescott 113 Covenant Cornwall 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 132 Leeds Gananoque 

Brockville 

OTTAWA DISTRICT No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Dieter Ralf Jeschor, 228 Blair St., P.O. Box 411. 
Carleton Place, Ont. KOA 1J0 

16 Carleton Ottawa 148 St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61 Granite Almonte 151 Laurentian Pembroke 

114 Bonnechere Renfrew 210 Kitchener Russell 

116 Maple Carleton Place 222 Ottawa Ottawa 

133 St. Francis Smiths Falls 226 Prince of Wales Perth 

143 Glengarry Maxville 248 Dochert Arnprior 

ALGOMA DISTRICT No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred George Sanders, 406 Church St., 
Fort Frances, Ont. P9A 1E2 

82 Shuniah Port Arthur 152 Alberton Fort Frances 

90 Golden Kenora 254 Golden Star Dryden 

140 Fort William Fort William 259 Quetico Atikokan 

149 Atwood Rainy River 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 15 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick John Gammon, 205 Parsons Ave., North Bay, Ont. 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 103 St. John's North Bay 

102 Algonquin ... Sault Ste. Marie 257 Espanola Espanola 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT No. 16 

R. Ex. Comp. Wallace F, G. Layte, General Delivery, 
Iroquois Falls, Ont. P0K 1E0 

169 Temiskaming Haileybury 223 Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

213 Northern Lights Timmins 251 Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CHAPTERS FOR 1973 

1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui — Ex. Comp. C. M. Peters, 648 
Truman Drive, Kingston. 

2 The Hiram— Ex. Comp. William Guy, 1325 Pinegrove Road, Oakville. 



126 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

3 St. Johns— Ex. Comp. J. P. Smuck, 227 Cathcart Street, Apt. 206, 
London. 

4 St. Andrew and St. John — Ex. Comp. J. C. Lyttle, Rodney 

5 St. George's — Ex. Comp. James Harold Jackson, R.R. 2, Denfield 
NOM IPO. 

6 St. John's — Ex. Comp. Henry Donald House, 21 East Avenue North, 
Hamilton. 

7 Moira — Ex. Comp. Frank R. Rodgers, 52 Tracey Street, Belleville. 

8 King Solomon's — Ex. Comp. William Dobinson, 62 Donlands Avenue, 
Toronto 6. 

15 Wawanosh — Ex. Comp. Robt. J. Gabriel, 1180 Marcin Road, Sarnia. 

16 Carleton — Ex. Comp. Henry Loewen, 2214 Melfort Street, Ottawa. 

18 Oxford — Ex. Comp. Arthur H. Young, 851 Grosvenor Street, Wood- 
stock. 

19 Mount Moriah— Ex. Comp. Horace D. Gray, 34 Edith Street, St. 
Catharines. 

20 Mount Horeb — Ex. Comp. John Alan Hetherington, R.R. 7, Brant- 
ford. 

22 Grenville— Ex. Comp. L. 0. Walker, Prescott. 

23 Ezra — Ex. Comp. James William Moore, R.R. 2, Simcoe. 

24 Tecumseh— Ex. Comp. S. C. Wendland, 299 Blendon Road, Stratford. 

26 St. Marks— Ex. Comp. D. Hendricks, R.R. 4, Trenton. 

27 Manitou — Ex. Comp. Allan G. Stewart, 479 Maple Street, Colling- 
wood. 

28 Pentalpha — Ex. Comp. F. Manos, 289 Woodlea Avenue, Oshawa. 

29 McCallum — Ex. Comp. John Livingstone, 220 Lock Street West, 
Dunnville. 

30 Huron — Ex. Comp. Wm. M. Cameron, 160 Quebec Street, Goderich. 

31 Prince Edward — Ex. Comp. Marcus Pope, R.R. 1, Bloomfield. 

32 Waterloo — Ex. Comp. Donald O. Bowie, 8 Briar Hill, Cambridge. 

34 Signet — Ex. Comp. H. Dean, 212A Cindy Lane, Angus. 

35 Keystone — Ex. Comp. J. Gordon Young, 703 Carnegie Avenue, 
Oshawa. 

36 Corinthian — Ex. Comp. R. R. Dyer, 37 Larchwood Avenue, Peter- 
borough. 

37 Victoria— Ex. Comp. G. E. Morgan, 8 Bedford Street, Port Hope. 

40 Guelph — Ex. Comp. Jack A. Cherry, 506 College Avenue West, 
Guelph. 

41 Harris — Ex. Comp. Joel C. Piper, Salford. 

44 Mount Sinai — Ex. Comp. Norman A. Robertson, Box 1532, Napanee. 
45 — Excelsior — Ex. Comp. Ed. Mulhall, Colborne. 

46 St. James — Ex. Comp. William McKay, R.R. 1, Lakeside. 

47 Wellington — Ex. Comp. Roy Stubble, Merlin. 

48 St. John's — Ex. Comp. Irving Goheen, R.R. 1, Camborne. 

53 Bruce — Ex. Comp. Roy W. Skene, Petrolia. 

54 Palestine— Ex. Comp. John W. Swindells, 25 St. Anne's Place, St. 
Thomas. 

55 Niagara — Ex. Comp. David Weaver, 17 Woodbine, St. Catharines. 

56 Georgian— Ex. Comp. Frank Binns, 1030 - 10th Street West, Owen 
Sound. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 127 

57— King Hiram— Ex. Comp. G. Clifford, 45 Victoria Street, Apt. 9, 

Port Colborne. 
59 Sussex-St. Lawrence — Ex. Comp. G. B. Carley, 207 King Street East, 

Brockville. 

61 Granite — Ex. Comp. S. Graham Hudson, Kinburn, R.R. 1. 

62 York— Ex. Comp. J. W. Pearce, 267 Donway West, Apt. 9, Don 
Mills. 

63 Havelock — Ex. Comp. George Downey, R.R. 1, Tiverton. 

64 Willson— Ex. Comp. R. L. Pearson, R.R. 4, Welland. 

66 Malloch — Ex. Comp. Ross Kercher, R.R. 2, Kippen. 

67 Enterprise — Ex. Comp. Richard Holder, Box 703, Palmerston 
NOG 2P0. 

68 Maitland— Ex. Comp. George Vanden Vaart, R.R. 2, Oxford Mills. 

69 Grimsby — Ex. Comp. D. B. Lamont, 41 Caldwell Crescent, Brampton 

71 Prince of Wales — Ex. Comp. Robert Leniuk, R.R. 3, Maidstone. 

72 Keystone — Ex. Comp. David A. Fargey, R.R. 2, Stirling. 

73 Erie — Ex. Comp. Murray Harvey Snobelen, R.R. 4, Thamesville. 

74 Beaver — Ex. Comp. William Bossons, 218 Riverview Drive, 
Strathroy. 

75 St. Clair— Ex. Comp. Percy Barr, 256 Heslop Road, Milton. 

76 Mount Nebo— Ex. Comp. R. Birrell, 3007 St. Andrew's Avenue, 
Niagara Falls. 

77 Occident — Ex. Comp. Clayton J. Shibley, 149 Woodbine Avenue, 
Toronto 8. 

78 Minnewawa — Ex. Comp. Don Seegmiller, Thedford. 

79 Orient — Ex. Comp. Victor Usher, 32 Birchmount Road, Scarboro 714. 

80 Ark— Ex. Comp. Robert Colledge, 2216 Charl Street, Windsor. 

81 Aylmer— Ex. Comp. Herbert R. Knight, 187 Talbot Street, West, 
Aylmer. 

82 Shuniah — Ex. Comp. Alexander G. Morgan, 77 Duke Street, Thunder 
Bay. 

83 Ionic — Ex. Comp. Hugh M. Brown, R.R. 6, Orangeville. 

84 Lebanon — R. Ex. Comp. James Moir, R.R. 5, Brussels. 

88 MacNabb — Ex. Comp. Harold Douglas Martin, R.R. 5, Dresden. 

90 Golden — Ex. Comp. Malcolm B. Ormiston, Ste. 8, La Verendrye 
Apts., Kenora. 

91 Toronto-Antiquity — Ex. Comp. Ronald Maxwell Blake, 2431 Ham- 
mond Road, Mississauga. 

94 Midland — Ex. Comp. Stephen E. Tripp, 37 St. George St., Lindsay. 

95 Tuscan — R. Hamalainen, 812 Hillsdale Crescent, Sudbury. 

102 Algonquin — Ex. Comp. J. Edmund Edgar, 573 Cooper Street, Sault 
Ste. Marie. 

103 St. John's— Ex. Comp. A. W. Cant, 198 Dorothy Street, North Bay. 

104 White Oak — Ex. Comp. Jack V. Baker, 1239 Ingledene Drive, Oak- 
ville. 

110 Warkworth — Ex. Comp. David Trotter, Warkworth. 

112 St. John's— Ex. Comp. F. G. Devaul, Morrisburg. 

113 Covenant — Ex. Comp. William Vipond, Summerstown. 

114 Bonnechere — Ex. Comp. Kenneth E. Mclntyre, R.R. 1, Renfrew. 

115 Brant — Ex. Comp. Wm. Thompson, 184 Grand River North, Paris 



128 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

116 Maple — Ex. Comp. James E. Cassibo, 1805 Base Line Road, Apt. 408, 
Ottawa. 

117 Kitchener — Ex. Comp. Harold W. Rothaermel, 65 Ellis Crescent 
South, Waterloo. 

119 King Cyrus — Ex. Comp. Joe Bradley, R.R. 5, Leamington. 

129 Elliott— Ex. Comp. Hugh McGugan, Mitchell. 

130 Chantry— Ex. Comp. Clarence D. McGillvary, R.R. 2, Paisley. 

131 Amabel — V. Ex. Comp. A. E. Hardman, Wiarton. 

132 Leeds — Ex. Comp. Harry Trueman, Lansdowne. 

133 St. Francis— Ex. Comp. N. B. Orr, 37 Montague Street, Smiths Falls. 

134 King Darius — Ex. Comp. Clausen White, Cannington. 

135 Succoth — V. Ex. Comp. William Morgan, Uxbridge. 

138 Shekinah— Ex. Comp. Ervine R. Wood, 1181 Ellesmere Road, Apt. 

101, Scarborough. 
140 Fort William— Ex. Comp. A. F. Carew, 2038 Sills Street, Thunder 

Bay. 

143 Glengarry — Ex. Comp. William D. Wiseman, R.R. 2, Finch. 

144 Presqu'ile — Ex. Comp. Norman Roberts, Box 44, Brighton. 

145 The St. Patrick— Ex. Comp. Lloyd G. T. Taylor, 112 Estelle Ave., 
Willowdale. 

146 Bernard — Ex. Comp. Bruce Steenson, R.R. 4, Listowel. 

148 St. John's — R. Ex. Comp. M. J. McLeod, 485 Smerdon Street, 
Hawkesbury, Ont. 

149 Atwood — Ex. Comp. Andrew William Martinson, Rainy River. 

150 London — Ex. Comp. Gerhard J. Scholz, 131 Prince Street, Komoka. 

151 Laurentian — Ex. Comp. Frank A. Simpson, 6 Michael, Petawawa. 

152 Alberton — Ex. Comp. E. A. Pearson, 1214 Scott Street, Fort Frances. 

153 Sombra — Ex. Comp. George R. Eagleson, 430 Nelson St., Wallace- 
burg. 

155 Ancaster — Ex. Comp. John B. Calder, R.R. 2, Ancaster. 
161 Madoc — Ex. Comp. Vers. McMurray, Gilmour. 

167 Kichikewana — Ex. Comp. George Hofmann, Box 36, Elmvale. 

168 Ionic — Ex. Comp. George Burnett, 203 Centre Street, Campbellford. 

169 Temiskaming — Ex. Comp. James E. Sutton, 171 Scott Street, New 
Liskeard. 

175 The Hamilton— Ex. Comp. D. A. Rogers, R.R. 1, Binbrook. 

184 Hugh Murray— Ex. Comp. W. D. Cole, 7660 Whitman Avenue, 

Niagara Falls. 
195 Peel— Ex. Comp. J. Post, 186 Vodden Street, Brampton. 
198 Couchiching — Ex. Comp. Lome William Johnston, Hawkstone. 
205 Victoria— Ex. Comp. Bruce Stewart, 61 Elgin Street, Thornhill. 
210 Kitchener — Ex. Comp. J. A. Dunbar, 1065 Aldea, Ottawa. 

212 Mount Sinai — Ex. Comp. Jack Ross, 15 Bainbridge Avenue, Downs- 
view. 

213 Northern Lights — Ex. Comp. E. Minard, 608 Eyrk Boulevard, 
Timmins. 

214 Vimy — Ex. Comp. Cameron Park, Oil Springs. 

215 Mimico — Ex. Comp. Gordon H. Stuart, 506 Commanche Road, Mis- 
sissauga. 

217 St. Alban's— Ex. Comp. William S. Davies, 38 Cobden Street, Wil- 
lowdale. 



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218 Prince Edward— Ex. Comp. H. R. Stewart, R.R. 2, Shelburne. 

219 Ulster— Ex. Comp George Hinchcliff, 3 Gloaming Drive, West Hill. 

220 Lebanon — Ex. Comp. William Edward Beam, 33 Shaver Avenue 
North, Islington. 

221 Durham — Ex. Comp. Norman Robinson, R.R. 1, Durham. 

222 Ottawa — Ex. Comp. A. Victor Williams, 23 Sunnycrest Drive, 
Ottawa K2E 5Y4. 

223 Abitibi — Ex. Comp. Kenneth A. Halfyard, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224 Keystone — Ex. Comp. Maurice Moss, R.R. 3, Mount Hope. 

225 Beaver — Bernard C. Jackson, 61 Exford Drive, Scarborough 
M1P 1M2. 

226 Prince of Wales— Ex. Comp. Virgil Garrett, R.R. 1, Sharbot Lake. 

227 Quinte Friendship — Ex. Comp. Clarence A. Faulkner, 21 Strachan 
Street, Belleville. 

230 Port Credit— Ex. Comp. Ernest F. Maltby, 87 Cumberland Drive, 
Port Credit. 

231 The St. Clair— Ex. Comp. Thomas W. Carter, R.R. 1, Schomberg. 

232 King Cyrus — Ex. Comp. Eric R. Chaperlin, 2473 Islington Avenue, 
Rexdale M9W 3X9. 

233 Oakwood— Ex. Comp. Leonard M. Smith, 109 Pitfield Avenue, 
Agincourt. 

234 Halton — Ex. Comp. Earl Johnson, 31 Morton Crescent, Georgetown. 

235 Aurora — Ex. Comp. Gordon Achilles, Box 3, Oak Ridges. 

236 Caledonia — Ex. Comp. Louis Leousis, 62 Caithness Street West, 
Caledonia. 

238 The St. Andrew — Ex. Comp. Freeman McLeod, 831 Queen's Avenue, 
London. 

239 Blenheim — Ex. Comp. Gerald Blake Hope, Blenheim. 

240 Smithville — Ex. Comp. L. T. Richardson, Wellandport. 

241 University — Ex. Comp. W. M. Prentice, 41 Chaplin Crescent, 
Toronto 7. 

242 St. Paul's— Ex. Comp. J. Bernard Hann, R.R. 3, Lambeth. 

243 McKay — Ex. Comp. Wilfred J. Devney, 204 Erin Avenue, Hamilton. 

245 Preston — Ex. Comp. R. Wright, 1961 Queen's Boulevard, Kitchener. 

246 Humber— Ex. Comp. J. A. Gravelle, Unit 35, 625 Rathburn Road, 
Etobicoke. 

247 Nilestown — Ex. Comp. James Bendall, R.R. 2, Belmont. 

248 Dochert — Ex. Comp. Walter Reed, 55 John Street South, Arnprior. 

249 Palestine — Ex. Comp. S. J. Lancaster, R.R. 2, Newcastle. 

250 Thomas Peter's — Ex. Comp. J. Robert Hodgins, 103 Elm Avenue, 
Windsor N9A 5H8. 

251 Kirkland— Ex. Comp. J. White, 102 Fifth Street, Kirkland Lake. 

252 Hiawatha — Ex. Comp. John Alvin Thompson, 105 North Christina, 
Sarnia. 

253 Regal — V. Ex. Comp. Andrew C. Lowe, Main St., Port Dover. 

254 Golden Star — Ex. Comp. Harry Speers McMaster, 17 Dingwall 
Parkway, Dryden. 

255 Tillsonburg — Ex. Comp. Jack Allen Petrie, Straffordville. 

257 Espanola — Ex. Comp. Henry W. Chisholm, Box 153, Massey. 

258 Tyrian — Ex. Comp. Lance Willis, 7 Jewell Street, Willowdale. 

259 Quetico — Ex. Comp. Earle V. Mclnnis, Box 8, Atikokan. 

260 Centennial — Ex. Comp. Leslie J. Peer, 5 Theodore Drive, Streets- 
ville. 

261 Seguin — Ex. Comp. Stanley Tonkin, 44 Bay Street, Parry Sound. 

262 King David — Ex. Comp. John G. Robbins, 2106 Gary Crescent, 
Burlington. 

263 The Scarborough — Ex. Comp. Albert Russell Davidson, 17 Ravine 
Park Crescent, West Hill. 



130 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

SCRIBES E. OF CHAPTERS FOR 1973 

1 Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui — R. Ex. Comp. Robert H. Seymour, 
3 Third Ave., Kingston K7K 2J4. 

2 The Hiram— Ex. Comp. Wilfred James Curtis, 795 Eagle Dr., Bur- 
lington L7T 3A1. 

3 St. John's — R. Ex. Comp. Chas. G. Smuck, 10 Thornton Ave., London. 

4 St. Andrew & St. John— Ex. Comp. Keith L. Bellamy, 25 Ferncroft 
Dr., Scarborough. 

5 St. George's — Comp. Malcolm McRae, 1312 Brydges St., London 
N5W 2C4. 

6 St. John's— R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 
L8H 5G9. 

7 The Moira — V. Ex. Comp. S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belle- 
ville K8N 3V3. 

8 King Solomon's — Ex. Comp. Ernest R. Ansell, 637 O'Connor Dr., 
Toronto M4C 3A6. 

15 Wawanosh — (Acting) V. Ex. Comp. Ernest L. Treitz, 455 Cromwell 
St., Sarnia. 

16 Carleton— Comp. Stuart Gilmour, 196 Metcalfe St., Apt. 603, 
Ottawa K2P IPS. 

18 Oxford— Comp. H. P. Deans, 110 Delatre St., Woodstock N4S 6B9. 

19 Mount Moriah — R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Coolin, 18 Cameron Dr., St. 
Catharines L2P 3E2. 

20 Mount Horeb— V. Ex. Comp. Arthur W. Cox, 30 Miles Ave., Brant- 
ford N3R 5B3. 

22 Grenville — Ex. Comp. G. R. Drummond, R.R. 2, Spencerville. 

23 Ezra — Ex. Comp. W. J. Thompson, 71 Queensway W., Simcoe. 

24 Tecumseh — Comp. C. Swanston, Box 546, Stratford. 

26 St. Mark's — Ex. Comp. F. Bowman, 11 Coleman Dr., Trenton 
K8V 3A5. 

27 Manitou — R. Ex. Comp. B. M. Conron, 120 Maple St., Collingwood. 

28 Pentalpha— Comp. Floyd Thomas Fowler, 367 Elizabeth St., Oshawa. 

29 McCallum— Comp. Eric Stabler, R.R. 2, Dunnville. 

30 Huron— R. Ex. Comp. Wm. G. Treble, R.R. 5, Goderich N7A 3Y2. 

31 Prince Edward— V. Ex. Comp. Fred R. Greatrix, 205 Main St., 
Box 882, Picton. 

32 Waterloo — V. Ex. Comp. G. J. Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Rd. S., Gait 
N1S 2T5. 

34 Signet— V. Ex. Comp. J. M. Lindsay, 17 Oak St., Barrie L4M 3V1. 

35 Keystone— V. Ex. Comp. T. R. Tompkins, 112 St. Peter St., Whitby. 

36 Corinthian— R. Ex. Comp. David Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peter- 
borough. 

37 Victoria— R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Meldrum, 19 Scriven Blvd., Port Hope. 

40 Guelph— V. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Quant, 4 Caledonia St., Guelph. 

41 Harris— R. Ex. Comp. John C. Ferguson, Box 92, Embro N0J 1J0. 

44 Mount Sinai — Ex. Comp. Jesse P. MacLean, 253 Camden Rd., 
Napanee. 

45 Excelsior— R. Ex. Comp. D. D. M. Peebles, R.R. 3, Colborne. 

46 St. James— Ex. Comp. G. W. Kelly, Box 721, St. Marys. 

47 Wellington — Ex. Comp. H. D. Paulucci, 47 Wilson Ave., Chatham 
N7L 1K8. 

48 St. John's— Ex. Comp. Wm. F. Thompson, R.R. 4, Cobourg. 

53 Bruce— V. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Story, 450 Greenfield St., Box 765, 
Petrolia. 

54 Palestine— V. Ex. Comp. Kurven S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. 
Thomas N5P 1T3. 

55 Niagara — Comp. E. W. Aldridge, 6 Youngblut, St. Catharines 
L2N INI. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 131 

56 Gerogian — Comp. W. Donald Laycock, R.R. #2, Owen Sound. 

57 King Hiram — Comp. L. L. Doan, 801 Elm St., Port Colborne. 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence — V. Ex. Comp. James Grant Ruston, 164 
James St. E., Brockville. 

61 Granite— Comp. Robert A. Young, R.R. 3, Almonte KOA 1A0. 

62 York— Ex. Comp. J. S. Shield, 49 Vanderhoof Ave., Toronto 
M4G 2H3. 

63 Havelock — Comp. Leo A. Moore, Kincardine. 

64 Willson— R. Ex. Comp. J. C. L. McKeand, 5 Birchmount Dr., Welland. 

66 Malloch— R. Ex. Comp. Rev. J. C. Britton, Box 133, Hensall 
NOM 1X0. 

67 Enterprise— Comp. L. E. Morphy, Box 188, Palmerston NOG 2P0. 

68 Maitland— R. Ex. Comp. Gideon J. J. Purcell, Box 9, Oxford Station. 

69 Grimsby— Comp. W. Fairbrother, Box 674, Beamsville LOR 1B0. 

71 Prince of Wales— R. Ex. Comp. R. Charles Brushett, Box 68, Essex. 

72 Keystone— Ex. Comp. Lindsay Sills, R.R. 2, Stirling. 

73 Erie — Ex. Comp. James C. Lyttle, Box 1073, Ridgetown. 

74 Beaver— Ex. Comp. M. E. Gare, 24 Front St. E., Strathroy. 

75 St. Clair— R. Ex. Comp. C. G. Lewington, 336 Pearl St., Milton. 

76 Mount Nebo — R. Ex. Comp. Norman Farrington, Niagara Parkway, 
Queenston LOS 1L0. 

77 Occident — Comp. Gordon C. H. Averv, 1835 Bayview Ave., Apt. 316, 
Toronto 17. 

78 Minnewawa— V. Ex. Comp. Chas. J. Fox, R.R. #5, Parkhill. 

79 Orient — Ex. Comp. Ralph Macdonald, 11 Davies Cresc, Toronto 
M4J 2X4. 

80 Ark— V. Ex. Comp. Clarence W. Flett, 442 Askin Blvd., Windsor 11. 

81 Aylmer— Ex. Comp. Roy Sinden, 35 Dufferin St., Aylmer N5H 2L7. 

82 Shuniah— R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Cheetnam, 374 Morse St., Thunder 
Bay "P". 

83 Ionic — Comp. W. A. Jackson, R.R. 5, Orangeville. 

84 Lebanon — V. Ex. Comp. John McLean, R.R. 1, Wroxeter. 

88 MacNabb— Ex. Comp. Grant E. H. Brandon, Box 399, 892 North St., 
Dresden. 

90 Golden — Ex. Comp. Douglas J. Argent, P.O. 241, Keewatin. 

91 Toronto-Antiquity — R. Ex. Comp. Herb Powell, 48 Lincoln Ave., 
Toronto M6P 1M8. 

94 Midland— Comp. Ivan B. Brown, R.R. 2, Lindsay K9V 4R2. 

95 Tuscan— R. Ex. Comp. W. B. Walker, 2031 Kingsway, R.R. 1, Sud- 
bury. 

102 Algonquin— R. Ex. Comp. E. C. Price, 65 Spruce St., Saulte Ste. 
Marie P6B 2G7. 

103 St. John's— Ex. Comp. Arthur J. Scott, 675 Birchwood Rd., North 
Bay. 

104 White Oak— V. Ex. Comp. S. R. Amos, 87 Birchill Lane, Oakville. 
110 Warkworth — Comp. William G. Taylor, Warkworth. 

112 St. John's— Ex. Comp. G. W. Thorn, 76 Lakeshore Dr., Box 99, 
Morrisburg K0C 1X0. 

113 Covenant— Ex. Comp. R. A. Young, 104 York St., Cornwall K6J 3Y8. 

114 Bonnechere — Ex. Comp. Harold Skinner, 547 Fortington St., Ren- 
frew K7V 1E5. 

115 Brant — Comp. Ben Duncan, Box 172, Drumbo. 

116 Maple — R. Ex. Comp. Mervyn P. Morris, Box 804, Carleton Place 
KOA 1J0. 

117 Kitchener— Ex. Comp. Frank L. Barrett, 34 Sheldon Ave. N., 
Kitchener. 

119 King Cyrus— V. Ex. Comp. Donald A. Robinson, 62 Oak St. W., 

Leamington N8H 2B3 
129 Elliot— Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Cheoros, Mitchell, Ont. 



132 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

130 Chantry— R. Ex. Comp. W. Harvey Morrow, R.R. 2, Port Elgin. 

131 Amabel— V. Ex. Comp. Orville B. Greig, Box 356, Wiarton NOH 2T0. 

132 Leeds — Comp. A. L. Wheeler, Box 149, Gananoque. 

133 St. Francis — R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Ave., Smiths Falls. 

134 King Darius — Ex. Comp. Ronald Bivens, Box 269, Sutton West 
LOE 1R0. 

135 Succoth— V. Ex. Comp. H. V. Watson, 27 Main St., Box 397, 
Uxbridge. 

138 Shekinah — V. Ex. Comp. Bernard W. Spencer, 19 Alicewood Ct., 

Rexdale M9V 3Y1. 
140 Fort William— R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Shaver, 707 Ruskin Cres., Thunder 

Bay "F", Ont. P7E 209. 

143 Glengarry — Comp. Roderick Fraser McRae, Box 2, Maxville 
KOC 1T0. 

144 Presqu'jle — Ex. Comp. Frank Lindsey, Box 402, Brighton. 

145 The St. Patrick — Comp. Murray Henderson, 25 Parkway Forest Dr., 
Apt. #1006, Willowdale M2J 1L4. 

146 Bernard— Ex. Comp. Bert Hastings, Box 324, 248 Main St. E., 
Listowel. 

147 Lucknow — Ex. Comp. Gordon Montgomery, Lucknow. 

148 St. John's— V. Ex. Comp. P. E. Wall, Main St., Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149 Atwood — Ex. Comp. William B. Warner, Rainy River. 

150 London — Ex. Comp. Bloss E. Doupe, 419 Randol Dr., London. 

151 Laurentian — Ex. Comp. Lorn. A. Schultz, 291 Doran St., Pembroke. 

152 Alberton— Ex. Comp. E. A. Langstaff, 1 - 801 Cornwall Ave., Fort 
Frances. 

153 Sombra — R. Ex. Comp. G. A. Lauzon, 71 Maplewood Cres., Wal- 
laceburg N8A 2M1. 

155 Ancaster — V. Ex. Comp. George A. Penny, R.R. 2, 1634 Shaver Rd., 

161 Madoc— V. Ex. Comp. D. Kernohan, Box 519, Madoc K0K 2K0. 

167 Kichikewana— V. Ex. Comp. Karl E. Morrison, 523 Elizabeth St., 
Midland L4R 2A2. 

168 Ionic— Ex. Comp. F. W. Long, Box 143, Campbellford. 

169 Temiskaming — Ex. Comp. Thomas Lloyd MacDougall, Box 425, New 
Liskeard. 

175 The Hamilton— Ex. Comp. B. D. Burt, 96 Haddon Ave. N., 

Hamilton 16. 
184 Hugh Murray— V. Ex. Comp. William Rostron, 38 Phipps St., Fort 

Erie L2A 2V2. 
195 Peel— V. Ex. Comp. Fred Kline, 40 David St., Brampton. 
198 Couchiching— Ex. Comp. George Harvey Cooke, 535 High St, P.O. 

Box 822, Orillia. 
205 Victoria— V. Ex. Comp. G. J. Hall, 18 Kingsdale Ave., Willowdale. 
210 Kitchener— V. Ex. Comp. W. M. Stanley, Box 10, Russell. 

212 Mount Sinai — R. Ex. Comp. Irving M. Ingles, 28 Yeomans Rd., 
Downsview. 

213 Northern Lights— Comp. W. L. Hamilton, 158 Main St., P.O. Box 
696, South Porcupine. 

214 Vimy— Ex. Comp. S. J. Mitchell, Box 604, River St. N., R.R. 6, 
Alvinston N0N 1A0. 

215 Mimico— Ex. Comp. D. J. Campbell, 65 - 16th St., Toronto M8V 3J9. 

217 St. Alban's— (Acting) Ex. Comp, Albert Neill, 395 Horsham Ave., 
Willowdale. 

218 Prince Edward — V. Ex. Comp. J. Alex Mawdsley, Shelburne. 

219 Ulster — Comp. Edward (Ted) Conyers, 28 Demaris Ave., Downsview. 

220 Lebanon — V. Ex. Comp. W. M. Creech, 20 Great Oak Dr., Islington 
M9A 1M9. 

221 Durham — Ex. Comp. Kenneth M. Hooper, R.R. #4, Durham. 



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222 Ottawa— Comp. W. Earl Tuck, 33 Regent St., Apt. 4, Ottawa 
K1S 2R4. 

223 Abitibi — R. Ex. Comp. Horace A. Jones, Box 125, Iroquois Falls 
POK 1E0. 

224 Keystone— Ex. Comp. W. Hayes, 291 West 5th St., Hamilton 40. 

225 Beaver — V. Ex. Comp. Harry C. May, 1140 Woodbine Ave., Toronto 
M4C 4C8. 

226 Prince of Wales — Comp. J. Howard Gibbs, R.R. 1, Mountain Grove 
KOH 2E0. 

227 Quinte Friendship — Ex. Comp. Fred H. Catton, 10 Rosewood Ave., 
Belleville. 

230 Port Credit— V. Ex. Comp. John I. Parke, 7 Elizabeth St. N., Apt. 
804, Port Credit L5G 2Y8. 

231 St. Clair— Ex. Comp. Albert W. Johnson, 100 Wellesley St. E., 
Apt. 2613, Toronto 5. 

232 King Cyrus— R. Ex. Comp. A. S. Currie, c/o Comp. F. B. G. Lindley, 
156 Eastwood Rd., Toronto M4L 2C9. 

233 Oakwood— Comp. R. A. Dunlop, 31 Hemford Cres,, Don Mills. 

234 Halton — R. Ex. Comp. Irwin G. Noble, 15 Noble Ct., Georgetown. 

235 Aurora — V. Ex. Comp. John Hepple, 63 Larmont St., Aurora. 

236 Caledonia — R. Ex. Comp. John Aldridge, R.R. 5, Cayuga. 

238 The St. Andrew— V. Ex. Comp. Donald H. Thomson, 285 Tweedsmuir 
Ave., London N5W 1L5. 

239 Blenheim — Ex. Comp. Lloyd Francis Guyette, R.R. 1, Blenheim 
NOP 1A0. 

240 Smithville— R. Ex. Comp. L. T. Vail, R.R. 2, Beamsville. 

241 University— R. Ex. Comp. O. Roy Roberts, 134 Old Orchard Gr., 
Toronto 12. 

242 St. Paul's— R. Ex. Comp. William B. Chalcraft, 2189 Dundas St., 
Box 115, London N5V 1H3. 

243 McKay — Ex. Comp. Norman Pratt, 513 Hager Ave., Burlington 
L7S 1P2. 

245 Preston — Ex. Comp. A. J. Harriman, 248 Winston Blvd., Cambridge 
(H), N3C 1M5. 

246 Humber — Ex. Comp. Geo. J. Reed, 17 Jardine Place, Weston 
M9R 2B8. 

247 Nilestown — Comp. Garfield M. Kirkpatrick, 746 Galloway Cres., 
London 64. 

248 Dochert— Ex. Comp. Lindon Jump, 84 Edey St., Arnprior K7S 1C1. 

249 Palestine— R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Freeman, R.R. 6, Bowmanville. 

250 Thomas Peter's— R. Ex. Comp. Allan Leal, 2297 Parkwood Ave., 
Windsor N8W 2K1. 

251 Kirkland— V. Ex. Comp. H. G. Fick, 99 Fifth St., Kirkland Lake 

252 Hiawatha— Comp. E. D. Mann, 1442 Colborne Rd., Sarnia. 

253 Regal— R. Ex. Comp. Bruce E. Reid, 616 St. Andrew, Port Dover. 

254 Golden Star — Ex. Comp. Robert Charles Jackson, 14 Eagle Dr., 
Dryden. 

255 Tillsonburg— V. Ex. Comp. Ross Wittet, 6 Gowrie St. E., Tillsonburg. 

257 Espanola— Ex. Comp. Alvin H. Wood, Box 76, Gore Bay. 

258 Tvrian— Ex. Comp. Cec. White, 26 Benson Ave., Apt. 3, Richmond 
Hill. 

259 Quetico — Ex. Comp. Einar I. Swanbergson, Box 608, Atikokan. 

260 Centennial— Ex. Comp. Leslie J. Peer, 5 Theodore Dr., Streetsville. 

261 Seguin — Comp. J. E. Simms, 2 James St., Parry Sound. 

262 King David— R. Ex. Comp. Henry G. Edgar, 1411 Olga Dr., Burling- 
ton L7S ILL 

263 Scarborough — Comp. A. Hutton, 11 Belyea Cres., Scarborough 
M1J 1V6. 



134 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario from 1857 to 1973 



*W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1958-60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 

7-8-9-70-1 

♦S. B. Harmon 1872 

♦C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

•P. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

"■Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford .... 1888-9 

*J. J. Mason 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

•J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

♦Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

•A. Shaw 1903-4 

♦William Roaf 1905-6 

"John Leslie 1907-8 

♦George Moore . 1909-10 

♦Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

♦Daniel F MacWatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 



*A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

♦Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

♦Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

♦Edwin Smith . . 1928-9 

♦Walter G. Price, D.D.S. 1930-1 

♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D. 1932-3 

♦Alexander Cowan 1934 

♦George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

♦Wm. Y. Mills .... 1937-8 

♦Llewellyn F. Stephens . . . 1939-40 

♦John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

♦Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

♦Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

♦Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

♦John A. M. Taylor 1953-4 

John L. House 1955-6 

♦Maurice A. Searle 1957-8 

Bruce H. Smith .... 1959-60 

Charles W. Emmett ... 1961-2 

Fraser Hay. M.D 1963-4 

James E. Girven 1965-6 

♦Stanley Portch 1967-8 

G. Harold Shannon . . 1969 

Frederick W. D. Welham 1970-1 

Leo J. Gent . 1972-73 



Honorary Past Grand First Principals and others of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 



Elected 

♦A. T. Freed 1920 

♦Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

♦Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

♦Melville S. Gooderham 1957 

♦Reginald J. Lewis 1964 

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, Scotland— Grand Z. 1958. 
R. Ex. Como. Sir George Boag, England— Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958. 
♦R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Scotland— Hon. Past Grand Scribe E., 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sweeting, Victoria, Australia— Hon. Past Grand Prin. 
Soj. 1958. 



♦Henry Robertson .... 


Elected 
1888 


♦Kivas Tully 


1891 


♦Hugh Murray 


1903 


♦Harry H. Watson 

♦E. T. Malone 


1909 

1919 



Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario 



♦Thomas B. Harris 1857-1873 

♦R. P. Stephens 1874-1875 

♦Daniel Spry 1876-1877 

♦David McLellan 1878-1891 

♦Thomas Sargent 1892-1898 

♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

♦Deceased 



♦Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

♦Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

♦Fred J. Johnson 1949-1959 

♦Maurice A. Searle 1960-1961 

Robert J. Hamilton 1962-1969 

Frederick C. Conley 1970 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 135 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

AT GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA IN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 
Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Earl J. McKeever 10 Julia St., Port Hope 

Alberta E. K. Hogaboom 36 Athol Ave., Toronto 18 

Argentina Wm. H. Sproule 4 Elizabeth St. S., Brampton 

Arizona Edward Marshall Apt. No. 11, 137 Emerald St., 

Hamilton 

Arkansas J. Howard Coleman ... 104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 

California B. M. Conron 120 Maple St., Collingwood 

Colorado Cyril McMullen . . R.R. No. 5, Belleville 

Connecticut Dr. L. Noble Armstrong 185 Brock St.. Kingston 

Delaware Wm. J. Grierson 136 Bedford Park Ave., Toronto 12 

Dist. of Columbia B. H. Smith 169 Dufferin Ave.. Belleville 

Finland Bryan Alford 42 Forthbridge Dr., Downsview 

Florida Gordon K. Brown 195 Cross Ave., Oakville 

France George A. Phillips 30 Daniel St., Smith Falls 

Georgia E. T. Querney 321 Laura Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho J .Sinclair 174 Dahlia Ave., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland Ill Raglan Ave., Apt. 1501, 

Toronto 10 

India Rev. Charles D. Donald 155 Navy St., Apt. 1004, Oakville 

Indiana James H. Rogers Skyview Apts, 3 East 37th St., 

Hamilton 

Iowa William S. Thomson 1329 Cumnock Cres., Oakville 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden 4 Hart Street, Brantford 

Israel Irving Inglis 28 Yeoman's Road, Downsview 

Kansas Allan A. Leal 2297 Parkwood Ave., Windsor 

Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

Louisiana Jos. Carson 689 Colborne Street, London 

Maine Lome E. Vaughan 315 Bleecker St., Belleville 

Manitoba Arthur W. Ayre 22 Connaught Ave., London 

Maryland Leo J. Gent Box 78, 21 Catharine St., Dorchester 

Massachusetts . . Dr. Fras^r Hav . Ifi5 Victoria A"°. N., T ist^w^l 

Michigan Fred W. D. Welham 60 Stewart-Smith Dr., Toronto 385 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries 53 Clepg Street, Ottawa 

Missouri H. S. Biggs 463 Hill=dalp A^~.. Toronto 7 

Montana David Harcus R.R. 1, Perkinsfield, Ont. 

Nebraska A. V. Roy Box 57. Nananpe 

Netherlands Maarten vanWamelen . 1177 Bloor St. E., Mississauga 

Nevada v. l. Mutton 66 Roanoke Rd.. Don Mills 

New Brunswick Dr. George Turner, M.D. 2281 Victoria Avenue, Windsor 

New Hampshire N. M. Sorague Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon 30 Sn°t7 s+reet. Kitrhen^r 

New Mexico . J. A. Kennedy Apt. 323, Grosvenor St., London 11 

New South Wales Wellington Smith Ififi Third St., Fort Frances 

New York Hallette C. Banks 1749 Parkhurst Ave.. London 

New Zealand ... Harold Ince 82 Snruce Avenue, Thornhill 

North Carolina . W. Leslie Davies 711 Cleremont Ave., London 

North Dakota . . William H. Gummer ... 242 Westdale Ave.. Kingston 

Nova Scotia ... Leslie C. Ewener 961 Toro Street, Sarnia 

Ohio A. G. N. Bradshaw ... 655 Waterloo Street, London 

Oklahoma R. J. Hamilton 69 Rathburn Rd.. Islington 

Oregon John James Robins . 316 Second St., Midland 

Pennsylvania .... John L. House ... 14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto 13 

Philippines William E. Gardner . ... 18 Littlewood Cros.. Etobicoke 

Quebec C. W. Emmett .... 27 Colwood Rd., Islington 

Queensland Neil A. Ma^Faohprn Waterloo 

Rhode Island Donald L. Attridge 4 Alexander Avenue, Gait 

Saskatchewan .... J. E. Girven . 581 Weller Street, Peterborough 

Scotland ... James Tnrnbnll . . 377 O'Connor Dr.. Toronto 6 

South Carolina Robert H. Seymour ... 3 Third Avenue, Kingston 

South Dakota ... Frederick C. Conley .4 Houghton Blvd., Markham 

Switzerland L. B. Morrison 1222 York Mills Road, Apt. 306. 

Don Mills 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham . 79 Fairfield Ave., Kitchener 

Texas Fred Scott 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 

Utah Lloyd B. Gillespie 630 Parkhill Rd. W., Aot. 105, 

Benmor Towers, Peterborough, 
Ont. K9J 6N6 

Vermont Norman Farrington . Niagara Parkway, Que^nston 

Victoria Harold Foote 62 Dunning Ave., Aurora 

Virginia Tohn J. Harnpnter 15 Cornelia Street. Smiths Falls 

Washington Wm. Cecil Carson Fit^rov Harbour. Ont. K0A 1X0 

Western Australia Everett C. Wood 58 Harriet St., Belleville 

West Virginia ... W. H. Sargent Ii«=to W pl 

Wisconsin Or. S. "P^rlman 11 Shallmar. Toronto 10 

Wyoming E. C. Price 65 Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie 



136 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA IN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 
Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Walter F. Estes 531 -19th N., Birmingham 

Alberta Edward Glover 10019 - 2nd St. S.E., Calgary 

Arizona 

Argentina R. W. Haxell 3355 Sucre, Buenos Aires 

Arkansas L. W. Williams Box 105, Osceola, 72370 

British Columbia A. R. Byrnell 145 Talisman Ave., Vancouver 10 

California William T. Deckeraw ... 16850 Adlon Rd., Encino, 91316 

Colorado C. L. Batholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut C. J. Fairhurst Seventy Acre Road, R.D. 3, West 

Redding, Connecticut 

Delaware Ralph Cassel 201 Maple Ave., Wilmington 19809 

Dist. of Columbia Kenneth C. Markward . 6600 Boulevard View, Alexandria, 

Virginia 22307 

Finland Jaakko Meriluoto Vanhatie 30, as 15 Lahti, Finland 

Florida Richard I. Lanier 4044 Green St., Lahti, Finland 

France Rene A. Haner 5 rue Jacques-Balmat, 

1211 Geneve II, Geneva 

Georgia T. B. Elfe 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Germany Gunther Gall 652 Worms am Rhein, Postfach 214 

Idaho Chas. Hartung 530 No. 6th St., Payette 

Illinois Garland F. Thomas 

India Syed Akbar Husain Bank Road, Patna-1, Bihar 

Indiana Miles A. Scheffel 5375 Maplewood Drive, Speedway, 

Indiana 46224 

Iowa Glen W. Wilson 516-16th St. S.E., Mason City 50401 

Ireland Donpld McGaughey 40 Upper Arthur St., Belfast 

Israel N. Ben-Haviv 8 Bialik St., Haifa 

Kansas Earl M. Sitton 305 East First Street, Ellis, 67637 

Kentucky Allen Earl Bell Moreland 

Louisiana Lonnie L. Vallery 2163 Tulip St., Baton Rouge 70806 

Maine Milton C. Stephens Wiscasset, Maine 

Manitoba W. A. Maguire Elgin 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts Ralph B. Duncan 61 Lowell St., Methuen, 

Massachusetts 01844 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th Street, Port Huron 

Minnesota . . Fred Hilden International Falls 

Mississippi Justin N Jones F^tti^burg 

Missouri Arthur Berge Pratt Jr. 4337 Genessee, Kansas City 

Montana ... Marion A Averill Box 254. Choteau 

Nebraska Dean L. Robertson 6927 Colby, Lincoln 68505 

Netherlands D. P. Harmsen . . . Hofbrouckerlaan 10, Oegstgeest 

Nevada . . Stephen Ray Downs ... 235 West Richards St., Fallon 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire Charles E. Leighton Jr. 15 Elliott Park, Dover 03820 

New Jersey Kenneth F. Cruikshank 8 Glen wood Place, Pennsville 08070 

New Mexico William L. Ranville 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N.W. 

Albuquerque 
New South Wales Norman Soutar 8 George's River Road, Croydon 

(Australia) Park. Svdnev 

New York James D. Seatter ... 2944 South Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 

New Zealand Percival Charles Betts .11 Palm Ave., Palmerston N. 

North Carolina Henry A. Barrow Box 3115, New Bern, 28560 

North Dakota Thomas H. Rapoley Rt. 1, Jamestown 58301 

Nova Scotia Canon G<we F Arnold 1348 Tow^r Rd.. Halifax 

Ohio Rev. Alvin G. Myrice 4700 W. Temperance Rd., 

Ottawa Lake, Mich. 49267 

Oklahoma Fober* L. Tavlor Box 187, Skiatook 

Oreeon Pex. W. Davis 

Pennsylvania Robert J. Miller 318 Nittany Ave., Nittany Terrace 

Apts., State College 16801 

Philippines Primo I. Guzman No. 8 E. Javinto Street, 

Mandaluvong, Rizal 

Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Layfayette Street, Montreal 

Queensland, 

(Australia) Dr. L. T. Jobbins 113 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane B.17 

Rhode Island K. S. Wilder 33 Elder Ave., East Providence 

Saskatchewan Otto F. Doerr Kerrobert 

Scotland The Rt. Hon. The Earl 

of Gallowav . . 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina Wm. N. Bradford . B^ 1343, Sumter, 29151 

South Dakota Joseoh Hansen Hurley 

Switzerland . Franz G. W. Srhetelig 43 Titlisstrasse, Zurich 

Tennessee . . A. B. Church, Jr Rt. 5, Franklin, Tenn. 

Texas Richard K. Pitts Box 51, Hilltop Dr., Kerrville 78028 

Utah Robert H. Drew . . 1083 East 460 South. Provo 

Vermont George E. Cummings . 33 Clough St., Windsor 05089 

Victoria, 

'A"cf ra ij a ) Keith Dodeshun Stratc^an St., Hooetown, Victoria 

Virginia Wm. E. Norman 6157 Westwood Terrace, Norfolk, 

__ . . 4 Virginia 23508 

Washington Albert Jensen 3<»7 Dmsmore Aven"«. Seattle 

Western Australia E. Blanckensee G.P.O. Box T. 1878, Perth 

West Virginia C. C. McGhee H"ntinPton 

viconnsin Robert H. Tallman 114 Maple St.. Soooner. 54801 

Wyoming Wm. J. Smith 207N - 4th Street, Douglas 

Wyoming, 82633 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 137 

GRAND SECRETARIES 

Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Thomas W. Mann Box 2822-A Birmingham, Alabama 

35212 

Alaska H. Dexter Bacon Box 546, Palmer 

Alberta C. Ed. Glover, GSE Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Alta., 

10019 - 2nd Street S.E., 
Calgary, Alta. T2J 0W5 

Argentina A. Lappas 1385 Arenales, Buenos Aires (R.41) 

Arizona John H. Padgett 1510 West Roma Ave., Phoenix, 

Arizona 85015 

Arkansas O. B. Shaw Box 487, Fort Smith 

British Columbia Ewen E. Andrews Room 506, 119 West Pender St., 

Vancouver 3 

California William C. Leeson Rm. 423, Masonic Temple, 25 Van 

Ness Avenue, San Francisco 

Colorado Jesse E. VanCleave Suite 770, Masonic Temple, 

1614 Welton St., 
Denver, Colorado, 80202 

Connecticut Wolcott S. Bissell Masonic Temple, 201 Ann St., 

Hartford 06103 

Delaware Donald D. Thomas 208 Sypherd Drive, Oaklands, 

Newark, Delaware 

Dist. of Columbia Marvin E. Fowler 1904 White Oaks Drive, Alexandria, 

Va., 22306 

England J. w. Stubbs Freemasons Hall, London, W.C. 2B, 

Gt. Queen Street 

Finland Martti V. Mustakallio . . . Royal Arch Grand Chapter of 

Finland, Grand Scribe E., c/o 

Grand Lodge of Finland, Kasar- 

mikatu 16D, Helsinki 13 

Florida Thomas N. Morrison . P.O. Box 1532, Lakeland, Fla., 33802 

France S. J. L. Humbert 65, Boulevard Bineau, 65 Neuilly- 

Sur-Seine (Seine) France 

Georgia J. E. Moseley .... 811 Mulberry Street, Macon 31201 

Germany David W. Campbell 5561 Spangdahlem/Eifel Postfach 25 

Idaho Roland R. Fletcher 5212 Bel Air, Boise, 83705 

Illinois Lyle Melvin P.O. Box 433, Dixon, 61021 

India P. M. Sundaram Freemasons Hall. Janpath, 

Post Box No. 681, New Delhi 

Indiana Carl E. Shrader P.O. Box 344, Franklin 46131 

Iowa John A. Watts Box 155, Grand Junction 

Ireland James O. Harte Freemasons Hall, 17 Moleworth St., 

Dublin 2 

Israel S. Zarankin P.O. Box 26385, Tel-Aviv 

Kansas Charles S. McGinness . . P.O. Box 1217, Topeka, Kansas 



Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey 694 New Circle Rd. N.E. Lexington, 

Kentucky 405-05 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 209, Mas. Temple, Alexandria, 

Louisiana, 71301 

Maine Charles S. Brown 19 Condin Street, Belfast 

Manitoba C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry, 

Winnipeg 19 

Maryland D. Ross Vansant, Jr. 138 Soa View Ave., Annapolis 21401 

Massachusetts .... Archie M. Simons 186 Tremont St., Boston, 02111 

Michigan Orlow J. Myers Masonic Temple, 133E Michigan 

Ave.. Battle Creek. Mich. 49014 

Minnesota Ralph W. Bell 1408 West Lake St., Minneapolis, 

Minn., 55408 

Mississippi Cecil A. Thorn P.O. Box 1030 Meridian 

Missouri Bruce H. Hunt Pov 188. Kirksville, 635M 

Montana Wm. A. Thaanum 36 Beaverhead Drive, Helena 59601 

Nebraska Ralph R. Carleton 401 Masonic Temple, Omaha 68102 

Netherlands W. J. van Es Corn. Drebbelstraat 24-11, 

Amsterdam 

Nevada . F. Y. Williams P.O. Box 928. Elko 89801 

New Brunswick B. G. Boutilier 70 Mountain Rd., St. John 

New Hampshire Lester W. Holt 6 Ellsworth St., Concord, 03301 

New Jersey Harry R. Pine 37 Carlton Avenue, Trenton 08618 

New Mexico Elmer H. Riemen Post Office Box 1375. Rosw^ll, 88201 

New South Wales W. B. S. Jobling 160 Castlereaph St., 10th Floor, 

(Australia) Sydney, N.S.W. 2000, Australia 

New York H. Randall Kreger Masonic Hall, 71 W. 23rd St., 

New York 
New Zealand . . W. G. Webster Box 263, Auckland 1 



138 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

North Carolina . . Tam L. Shumaker Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, 

Asheville, N.C., 28801 

North Dakota Delbert J. Miller Box 128 D, Devil's Lake 58301 

Nova Scotia E. L. Eaton, P.G.A R.R. #2, Centreville, Kings County 

Ohio Oliver H. Ormiston Box 27. Bartlett, 45713 

Oklahoma F. M. Lumbard Box 1037, Muskogee 74401 

Ontario F. C. Conley 240 Eglinton Ave. E., Suite 205, 

Toronto M4P 1K8 

Oregon T. Stanton Ford 2170 S. W. Taylors Ferry Road, 

Portland, Oregon 97219 

Pennsylvania Albert H. Connelly Scottish Rite Cathedral, 

150 N. Broad St., 
Philadelphia, 19107 

Philippines Antonio Gonzales Sr., . . c/o York Rite Bodies, 1440 San 

Marceline. Manila 

Quebec H. Wall Clarke 2295 St. Mark Street, Montreal 25 

Queensland, 

Australia Gordon L. Shaw Box 425-F, G.P.O., Brisbane 

Rhode Island. Alfred C. Bateman 56 Cindy Lane, Warwick, 

R.I. 02886 

Saskatchewan W. B. Motion 2625 Grant Rd., Regina 

Scotland . . . Thomas M^F^rlane 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina Henry F. Collins 901 Palmetto State Life Building, 

Columbia 29201 

South Dakota ... Walter H. Reckling Box 425, Winner 

Switzerland 

(Helvetia) H. O. Mauerhofer Box 216, 3001 Berne 

Tennessee Wallace Phelan Douglas Box 216, Nashville, 37202 

Texas E. S. Winfree, Jr P.O. Box 296, Waco 76703 

Utah Paul B. Pickering Masonic Temple, 650 East South 

Temple St., Salt Lake City 84102 

Vermont D. Burleigh Smalley Jr. . Masonic Temple, Box 443. 

Victoria, Burlington 05401 

Australia J. R. E. Attwood 164 Flinders St., Melbourne. 

CD , 3000 

Virginia Wilbur Applewhite 1 North 5th St., Richmond, Va. 23219 

Richmond. 23220 

Washington Anton L. Marek 23825 - 15th Ave., S.E. #52, 

Both well, Wash., 98011 

Western Australia L. C. Wilson G.P.O. Box T-1878, Perth, 

Western Australia 6001 

West Virginia . . George V. Gorrell 304 Riley Law Bldg., Wheeling 

Wisconsin Earl B. Bauer Room 239, 225E. Michigan St., 

Milwaukee, Wise. 53202 

Wyoming Marcus R. Nicols Masonic Temple, Casper 

Eneland-Wales 

(M.M.M. Lodge) M .G. Edwards, M.B.E. . P.G. 40 Upperbrook Street, 

London 1, W.C. 



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INDEX OF PROCEEDINGS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

Page 

ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF CHAPTERS 72 

ANNIVERSARIES 28 

APPOINTMENTS OF GRAND Z 117 

ADDRESS OF WELCOME 17 

ARCHIVE COMMITTEE 80 

ASSISTANCE TO CHAPTERS REPORT 114 

AWARDS— DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL 31 

Committee on Award 84 

Jewels 29 

BALANCE SHEET 67 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

Report of Committee 74 

BOOKLETS OF GRAND CHAPTERS (Revision) 82 

BURSARIES— REPORT Ill 

BURSARY FUND 71 

BUDGET 89 

BY-LAW CHANGES 32 

CANADIAN-EUROPEAN TOUR REPORT 103 

CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 70 

COMMISSIONS 116 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC RELATIONS 36 

COMMITTEE OF DEDICATION, ANNIVERSARIES AND 

COMMUNITY SERVICE 77 

COMMUTED FUND 70 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

Report of 109 

CONDITION OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

Report 106 

CONVOCATIONS (Special) 4 

CORRESPONDENCE, FRATERNAL 142 

CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE 17 

Report 99 

DEATHS 13 

DEDICATIONS 5 & 28 

DEMITS 121 

DISPENSATIONS 31 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 6 

DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF RITUAL 35 

DISTRICTS 1 TO 16 

List of Grand Superintendents with Chapter Number 123 

EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION 

Committee on 34 & 85 

ELECTION 

Report 90 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND APPOINTMENTS 

Members 91 



140 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Page 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT 88 

FINANCIAL REPORT — AUDITOR 66 

FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CHAPTERS 

Names and Addresses 125 

FRATERNAL DEAD 

Report 8-17 & 26-27 

GRAND CHAPTER 

Committees (appointed) 92 

Officers — 1973 5 

Opening 6 

Call Off 90 

Call On 90 

GRAND CONVOCATION 27 

GRAND Z. 

Address 23 

Report of Committee on 108 

GRAND FIRST PRINCIPALS 

Elected 134 

Honourary 134 

GRAND H. P. OF GERMANY 103 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES OF SISTER JURISDICTIONS 

List of New Appointments 32 

Roll Call 16 

List of Grand Representatives 135 

GRAND REVIEWER 87 

GRAND SECRETARIES — SISTER JURISDICTIONS 

Names and Addresses 137 

GRAND SCRIBE E. 

Report of 56 

Past Grand Scribes E 134 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

Names and Addresses 92 

District Reports of 40-55 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

Report of Committee 74 

INSTALLATION 29 

INVESTMENTS 

Report of Committee 65 

KING CYRUS CHAPTER No. 232 86 

LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

Report 87 

MASONIC INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

Report of 85 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 100 

MEMORIAM 10 & 25 

MINUTES 

Confirmation 21 

MOTIONS 118 

NORTHERN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 80 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 141 

Page 

OFFICE ORGANIZATION REPORT 82 

OFFICERS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

Appointed 93 

Elected 117 

Installed and Invested 117 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 22 

PLACE OF MEETING — 1974 99 

PRESENTATION OF JEWELS 

List of 29 

PICTURE (MANITOBA) 117 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 71 

PUBLIC RELATIONS 36 & 73 

RECEPTION OF PAST GRAND Z.'s 8 

REINSTATED 120 

REPORTS 

Grand Scribe E 56 

Grand Superintendents 40-55 

REVENUE 68 

REVISION COMMITTEE 

Constitution 35 & 109 

ROYAL ARCH WELFARE COMMITTEE 33 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARY 33 

Committee on 113 

Report of Committee Ill 

Financial Report of Auditor 71 

SCRIBES E. OF CHAPTERS 

Names and Addresses 130 

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF ASSISTANCE 79 

STATISTICAL TABLES 60-64 

SUSPENSIONS 120 

THE WORK 

Report of Committee on 77 & 81 

TORONTO DISTRICTS EXTEND WELCOME 17 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Financial Statement 69 

VISITATIONS — GRAND Z 27-28 

VOTE OF THANKS 27 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

Committee on 73 

YOUTH GAP 36 & 75 



142 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

CAPITULAR REVIEW 

ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF OTHER 

GRAND CHAPTERS 

ALABAMA 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles L. Campbell, G.H.P. 

41 Chapters, 10,963 Members. 

The One Hundred and Forty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of the State of Alabama, was held in the 
ballroom of the Ramada Inn Motel, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Febru- 
ary 14, 1972. 

At the beginning of this year the Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. 
Campbell, set forth three goals that he felt he would like to accomplish 
in order to achieve his objective. 

1. Every Chapter increase membership. (Work on re-instate- 
ments and new membership). 

2. Visit every chapter personally or have a Grand representative 
visit you. 

3. Have every Royal Arch Chapter in Alabama ACTIVE. 

State of the Craft Report — "Although we showed another loss in 
our membership this year, a net loss of 89, I still feel that the overall 
interest in Capitular Masonry in Alabama is good. Seventy-five per 
cent of the chapters that have a common home or basically common 
membership with a Council and a Commandery have shown better per- 
formance than an average Alabama Chapter over the past five years. 
The term average chapter is based on the percentage loss in Capitular 
Masonry in Alabama during this five year period. Since chapters 
operating by themselves or connected with a Council or Commandery 
only have fared considerably worse in every category, I cannot help 
but feel that this program of York Rite Unity will benefit Capitular 
Masonry in Alabama. I know that it will take time to reap the benefits 
of such a program but am confident that during the years of the com- 
panions who served on this committee, solutions to many of our 
existing problems will be found." 

This Grand Chapter has one Committee in it which we have not 
come across in any of the other proceedings which we have had the 
privilege to read and it is called "The Committee on Masonry and 
American Citizenship". 

Report of Committee on Work — "There have been no Schools of 
Instruction held during the past year under the auspices of this com- 
mittee. There have been no requests made to this committee for help 
in conferring the degrees or for instruction in the reading or interpre- 
tation of the Ritual." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 143 

ALBERTA 

M. Ex. Comp. Cecil Duthie, G.F.P. 

32 Chapters, 3,348 Members. 

The Fifty-eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Alberta was held in Calgary, Alberta, on May 
12 and 13, 1972. 

Observation and Conclusion from the Grand First Principal's 
Address — "One of the most pleasing duties a Grand Officer has to do 
is to visit your Chapter. He notices the efficiency of your Scribe E. and 
the Officers. Also the so called 'Faithful Few', without which a Chapter 
cannot operate successfully. There is room for a few more in every 
Chapter. 

Your reception is sincere and pleasing, the friendly attitude of 
your members is greatly appreciated. 

Just such an organization as any Mason would like to be a part of. 

We need them and their enthusiasm. As the saying goes, you are 
supplied with all the tools necessary, just the Spirit to use them is 
what is necessary. Are we not too prone to sit back and wonder what 
is wrong with Masonry, when we should be thinking, what is right 
right about it. 

Our Lodges and Chapters have withstood the trials for many ages 
now, and will be what they are for many more. It is still a beautiful 
System of Morality, veiled in Allegory and illustrated by Symbols." 

Report on the Legislative Committee on Incorporation — "At the 
Grand Convocation in 1971, (see 1971 proceedings, page 35) the Com- 
mittee was authorized to consider the merits of incorporation by way of 
Legislative Act, or under the Companies Act of Alberta; to make or 
undertake reasonable expenditures therefore and report to the Grand 
Council, who were empowered to proceed thereon. 

We are pleased to report as follows: After diligent exploration and 
Legal advice it was deemed expedient to proceed by way of Legislative 
Act. Accordingly a draft Act has been prepared and submitted to the 
Grand Council. Furthermore it has been discussed with the Grand 
Master of Alberta and some of his officers in an informal manner and 
there gained the nod of approval." 

Recommendations of the Property Committee — 

1. "That only elective officers be invested with Grand Chapter 
Regalia." 

2. "At the present time our Grand Scribe E. receives a great 
many copies of the Proceedings from other Grand Jurisdictions, 
to be passed on to their Grand Representatives within our 
Grand Jurisdiction. We would suggest that these be assembled 
in the Grand Scribe E.'s office into Grand Superintendent's 
Districts and be taken to the District Meetings for distribution. 
The Grand Representative then to review the Proceedings 
from the Jurisdictions he represents and forward a copy of his 
review to the Chairman of the Committee on Fraternal Cor- 
respondence." 



144 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

ARIZONA 

M. Ex. Comp. Olin E. Lehman, G.H.P. 

16 Chapters, 2,320 Members. 

The Eighty-first Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Arizona was held in the Masonic Temple at 
Chandler, Arizona, October 26, 1971. 

One of the first things we noticed when opening this Proceedings 
was that the report of the Grand Chapter is in the back of the book 
following the Grand Commandery and the Grand Council. 

It is a pleasure to report that this Grand Chapter had a net gain of 
38 members. Ten Chapters showed gains, two remained even, while 
four showed losses. 

It is also a pleasure to report that a new Chapter was constituted 
at Parker, Arizona, on November 19. 

The Seventh Annual Four Corners Royal Arch Festival was held 
on October 2, 1971. There were 12 candidates from Arizona, 4 from 
New Mexico, 2 from Utah and one from Colorado. Degree work was 
conferred by New Mexico — Mark Master; Colorado — Past Master; Utah 
— Most Excellent Master; Arizona — Royal Arch. 

Finally we would like to quote a poem used by the Grand High 

Priest in his Address: 

"Teach me, Lord, to do the best I can 
To help and cheer my fellow man; 
Each day to do some friendly deed 
To those I find in greater need. 
To smooth the road and light the day 
For all who chance to pass my way; 
And may I ever grateful be 
To Him who daily blesses me." — S. E. Stairs. 



BRITISH COLUMBIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Alan E. Fleetham 

42 Chapters, 5,217 Members 

The Fifty-third Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of British 
Columbia with jurisdiction over the Yukon Territories was held in the 
Masonic Temple, Fishgard Street, Victoria, on June 11, 1971. 

Some years ago Yukon Chapter was originally under the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, but now the Grand Chapter of British Columbia has 
jurisdiction over the Yukon Territories, and it was at this the Fifty- 
third Convocation, that Yukon Chapter No. 38 presented a Flag of the 
Yukon Territory to this Grand Convocation. 

There were several applicants who were selected by the Royal Arch 
Scholarship Committee to receive cheques from the Grand Treasurer 
to further their education. 

In the Report of the Committee on the Grand Z.'s address, it states: 
"We regret to note that in certain areas, 'the erosion in the practises of 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 145 

our philosophy is apparent and that the absence of proper guidance 
for this factor is worthy of mention'. Such a statement requires serious 
consideration and study by the next Grand Z. and Grand Superintendents 
in order to provide the necessary guidance and instruction to the consti- 
tuent Chapters." 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles F. Armstrong, G.F.P. 
42 Chapters, 5,312 Members. 

The Fifty-fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia with jurisdiction over the 
Yukon Territory was held at Penticton on Friday, June 16th, 1972. 

It is interesting to report that awards of several hundred dollars 
to students desiring assistance in order to go on to University were 
granted by the Grand Chapter of British Columbia during the past year. 

This Grand Chapter not having a jewel to present to members on 
the occasion of their attaining 50 years of membership in the Royal 
Craft, they had a 50-year jewel struck and the die for the jewel was 
loaned to the Grand Chapter for its use, after which 12 50-year jewels 
were presented to 50-year members. 

The Board of General Purposes held 4 meetings for the purpose of 
discussing business pertinent to the Royal Craft in British Columbia. 



CALIFORNIA 

M. Ex. Frederick Wilder Jones, G.H.P. 

119 Chapters, 28,963 Members. 

The One Hundred and Seventeenth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California was 
held in the Masonic Temple, Sacramento, on Monday and Tuesday, 
April 19 and 20, 1971. 

At the last Convocation, that is in 1970, a fifty cent increase per 
capita tax was voted in and in the Grand Chapter Financial Report it 
was more than enough to meet their 1970-1971 expenses, even though 
there was a decrease in membership during the year. 

In the Report of the Grand Lecturer, he states "Inspectors and 
Officer Coaches are not always conducive to good chapter relationship 
nor to an intimate knowledge of their respective duties. Inspectors and 
Coaches should not only know the Ritual Work, but also the meaning 
of the words and language used, and should understand the lessons 
intended to be taught; and should be able to teach and convey them in 
such a manner as will bring out clearly the meaning of the lessons. To 
assist in accomplishing these results, Inspectors have available to them 
the knowledge and experience of the Deputy Grand Lecturers in their 
respective Districts. Inasmuch as the Deputy Grand Lecturers oversee 
the Work in a number of Districts in their Departments, they can only 
accomplish their purpose with the complete cooperation of Inspectors 
and Chapter Officers. My best advice is that all Inspectors and Chapter 
Coaches should at all times adhere to the words and floorwork precisely 
as set forth in the Ritual; as interpreted by the Grand Lecturers De- 
partment, and to avoid every inclination to substitute their own words 
and floorwork." 



146 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

COLORADO 

M. Ex. Comp. A. Lynn Sanburg, G.H.P. 
51 Chapters, 5,458 Members. 

The Ninety-seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Colorado was held at Denver, Colorado, on 
January 26th, 1972. 

The Grand Lecturer reports "Many of our Chapters are fast reach- 
ing the point of NO RETURN to an active Chapter. The average age 
of the membership is fast going up and with few signs of younger 
prospects in the future. The Symbolic Lodge is faced with the same 
problem. 

I recently visited a Chapter with a membership of 33, with 24 
resident members. Only two were under 70 years of age, the oldest 
95, most of the members are in the 75 to 82 year bracket. Their Blue 
Lodge raised 4 in the past three years, all well above middle age. 

The world has undergone a big change in the past 15 years as to 
customs, habits and thinking. Ask a young man what Masonry is, and 
what it stands for, what it is doing, and what are the qualifications for 
membership. If he has any ideas at all you may get some weird 
answers. One young school teacher said 'A candidate must be able to 
write and deliver, before the members, a paper or oration'. 

Masonry has undergone but little change in this period. Are we 
following the Ancient Land Marks so carefully that we are killing 
ourselves, due to lack of knowledge by the public about the Craft? Are 
we covering our Masonic Light with a basket, so tightly that no one 
can see its rays and is the voice of the True Word so faint that it cannot 
be heard? 

The young men of today are living in a new world, the Atomic and 
see Mars age, and are not interested in an organization they know 
little about. Why can't we tell them the true story about Masonry, 
what is it, what it stands for, that it is as alive today, in this modern 
world, as are our laws, and make a public stand on some of the moral 
issues of today!" 

The Promotional Committee in their remarks say "Royal Arch 
Promotion certainly left a great deal to be desired in many areas, par- 
ticularly in the Denver Area, — Seemingly for promotion activities. 
Areas outside of Denver had good results with their programs and 
their returns indicate that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. 

The Officers Line and the High Priest are the main source of pro- 
motion activities. To carry a man through the chairs in the hope that 
when he becomes High Priest, he will provide inspirational leadership 
is like betting on a horse with a poor track record. In the latter you 
are throwing your money away. In the former you are killing your 
organization. Promotion is local in its efforts and must be a continuing 
process. To promote you must display your product. Only the indi- 
vidual Chapter can do this." 

A Seventh Annual Four Corners Royal Arch Festival was held on 
October 10. "All the work was very well presented and those taking 
parts in the degrees are to be congratulated. The Ladies present were 
entertained at a luncheon, and taken on a tour of the Glen Canon Dam 
and the power plants. About 220 Companions and Ladies attended the 
Dinner. After the Dinner, the Royal Arch Widow degree was presented 
by the Companions from Globe Chapter No. 7 of Arizona." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 147 

CONNECTICUT 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Cecil H. Grant, Acting G.H.P. 

44 Chapters, 7,416 Members. 

The One Hundred and Seventy-third Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut was held in the 
Masonic Temple in the City of Hartford, May 15, 1971. 

The Report of the Committee on Delinquencies state "that the 
penalty of the stated fine for failure to submit its Annual Return 
before the closing date of April 5, 1971, be levied on Darius Chapter 
No. 16. 

That the penalty of the stated fine for non-attendance at this 
Annual Convocation be levied on Meridian Chapter No. 15, Darius 
Chapter No. 16 and Triune Chapter No. 40." 

In the back of the proceedings is a list of every Chapter in the 
Grand Jurisdiction with a list of the officers, also Past High Priests as 
well as candidates Exalted, Reinstated, Demitted, struck from Roll re 
non payment of dues, also the deaths. 

They also have a Schedule of Visitations by Grand Chapter Officers. 
Each Officer from the Deputy Grand High Priest down to the Grand 
Master of the First Veil have a certain number of chapters which they 
are required to visit. Also each Grand Officer submits a report of his 
activities with regard to Royal Arch Masonry such as visits, installa- 
tions, etc. 

Early in the year this Grand Chapter suffered a great loss in the 
death of their Grand High Priest on January 18th. Consequently, the 
lot fell on R. Ex. Comp. Cecil H. Grant to be the acting Grand High 
Priest for the remainder of the year. 

Report of the Condition of the Rite: 

"There are many diverse opinions about the lukewarm condition of 
Capitular Masonry and the remedy therefor which could be debated. 
However, the conditions as set forth below would, I believe, receive no 
challenge: 

(a) Attendance at Stated Convocations is generally poor. 

(b) The average of the Companions present could be classified as 
elderly. Young men are the exception. 

(c) Degree work, in most Chapters, is infrequent and when no 
degree work is held, there is generally no appealing program." 



DELAWARE 

M. Ex. Comp. Lawrence B. Jones, G.H.P. 

6 Chapters, 797 Members. 

The One Hundred and Third Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Delaware was held in the Masonic Temple, Wilmington, 
Delaware, on Saturday, January 16th, 1971. 



148 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

In the Report of the Committee on Education, we found this to be 
a most interesting report and felt that it was worth sharing with our 
membership, so we reprint it here in its entirety. 

"To the Capitular Mason the value of Masonic study is most 
apparent, and certainly appreciated, and we are definitely charged to 
pass this Masonic knowledge on to others, who may be less informed. 

To many Capitular Masons the most intriguing symbol of Free- 
masonry is the Triangle. We do not recall any mention of a triangle 
in the work of the Craft degrees, and yet we cannot overlook the 
arrangement of the 'three lesser lights', the location of the three 
principal officers, and other esoteric symbolism. Craft Masonry is 
built around the 'cube' which is the symbolism of perfection in physical 
or material things. 

Over a century ago, the Forty-seventh Problem of Euclid was worn 
by Grand Masters as a symbol of their office. This was a triangle 
symbol, although not the equal sided and angled equilateral triangle. 

Whereas Symbolic Freemasonry concerns itself with 'material 
things', Capitular Freemasonry concerns spiritual things and uses as its 
principal emblem the Triangle. Now spiritual perfection is not granted 
to man in this world so that the Triangle becomes the emblem of the 
one living and eternal Jehovah. 

But the use of the Triangle has not always been true. In the days 
long gone there was a triangle in the centre of each lodge, a triangle 
formed by lights, within which was the Volume of the Sacred Law, 
opened at the Gospel of St. John and displaying the words: 

'In the beginning was the Word.' 

The triangle is found variously arranged throughout Masonic 
systems. In one instance we have the interlaced triangles, one black, 
the other white, the white triangle has its point up; the black triangle 
points down. Thus arranged it represents the union of the active and 
passive forces in nature; it represents the male and female elements. 
The interlaced black and white triangles represent the forces of dark- 
ness and light, error and truth, ignorance and wisdom and good and 
evil; when properly placed they represent balance and harmony. 

The ancients called the triangle the Delta. It became the initial 
letter of Deity, its three different sides representing the Eternal, all 
Powerful and Self Existing being — as we say in the Royal Arch, 
'Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient'. 

The triangle is one of the most ancient of symbols; it is also the 
most perfect symbol. From this grows the feeling that the true word 
is one of three syllables. 

There is a tradition among Freemasons that the three founders 
of the Ancient Craft were in possession of certain words and secrets 
which were not to be given to the craft until the Temple had been 
completed, and that by agreement between the three, these secrets 
could only be revealed when all three were present and had agreed so 
to do. 

The tradition is continued in the Royal Arch degree, and a trace 
of it exists in certain esoteric sections of the degree of Royal Master. 
It is quite generally believed that the secret which they were concealing 
was the secret of the Triangle, now known as the 47th Problem of 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 149 

Euclid. There are others, students of symbolism, who see in the equal 
sided triangle, the symbol of harmony, or the well balanced life. To 
these, the three sides represent, Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. The 
Royal Arch Mason sees only the perfect triangle of three sides and 
three angles. He strives to build his life so that Wisdom, Strength, and 
Beauty may be in equal proportion, that he may become one of the 
perfect stones in the life spiritual." 



DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

M. Ex. Comp. William B. Craig, G.H.P. 

8 Chapters, 2,558 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the District of Columbia was held 
at the Hotel Washington, D.C., on March 4th, 1972. 

Under the heading of Grand Visitor and Lecturer, Ex. Comp. John 
M. Bussler submitted a detailed report outlining the existing conditions 
in the several chapters and presented a number of worthwhile sugges- 
tions designed to correct the situations. 

In the Grand High Priest's address under the heading of State of 
the Craft we quote "I deeply regret that I must report the continued 
decline in membership of this Grand Chapter, as have my predecessors 
for 20 years. There are, however, some bright spots. Several of our 
Chapters have consistently attracted good attendance at their Convoca- 
tions by having well planned and advertised meetings. One Chapter 
continues to show a net gain in membership each year, and one other 
Chapter is certainly to be commended for stimulating interest this year, 
lifting it from the depressed state of its two previous years. 

A little over 13 months ago, I stated that as Grand High Priest 
I would set as my Objective: To have the members of this Grand 
Chapter "Start to think — in quantitative terms — and in a systematic 
way — about the status of Freemasonry in the District of Columbia 
during the decade of the 70's." 

The key word in this statement is "Start" and the key phrase, in 
my opinion, is "Start to Think". I was not so optimistic as to believe 
that we would, in one short year, do all that was necessary to solve 
our problems, but my aim was that we would make a "Start". It was 
my hope that we would assemble the available resources of our fratern- 
nity; that is, the talent, information and the necessary time, to begin 
to study the problem in a new way. As a beginning, I thought we 
should assemble the basic information available to us about our mem- 
bership. As a minimum short range goal, I requested that our Chapter 
furnish two facts about their membership; Birth Dates and Zip Codes 
of residence of our members. With this most elementary information 
we could, as a beginning, determine the age of distribution of our 
Chapters and the distribution of residences of Zip Code. I'm sorry to 
report that I have received the requested information from only five 
of our eight Chapters. But this IS a start. We have started to form a 
date base upon which we can evaluate, in a quantitative way, and by 
applying modern techniques, to make reasonable forecasts of our prob- 
able future situation. In so doing, we should be able to indicate pos- 
sible courses of action and make evaluations that would lead to decisions 
for specific actions which might alleviate our problems in the District 
of Columbia." 



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FLORIDA 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter Henry Winchester, M.D., G.H.P. 

43 Chapters, 9,827 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Annual Convocation of the 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Florida was held at Port St. 
Lucie, on May 17 and 18, 1972. 

It is interesting to note that over the past year in this Grand 
jurisdiction they show a net gain of 108. 

From the Report of the Grand High Priest under the heading of 
THE FUTURE OF YORK RITE IN FLORIDA, we quote: 'The Grand 
Chapter has a great future in Florida, and especially the Grand Lodge. 
We are now in the final third of the 20th century than we are to be 
beginning of World War II. By the year 2000, Florida will have more 
than 15 million persons, including more than a million by age eligible 
for the Order of DeMolay. Our job now is to continue to plow the 
ground — to fertilize it — to find new methods of cultivation — to de- 
velop new ways of harvesting the products of Masonry. This will 
require hard work and dedication and time and personal effort. We 
must be teaching the teachers of tomorrow. We must keep the flame 
burning, that the world may be ignited by the light that will guide us 
over rocky roads, out of the murky present, out of the depths of despair 
of those who would cry we are failing. There can be no coasting. We 
cannot ride the coat tails of others who have gone before. Little 
details like professional sports for those who are spectator minded, and 
the eternal trivia that faces us nightly, and daily on the television will 
not disturp the nucleus of those dedicated quarrymen. Eventually big 
men will realize that the spiritual and moral benefits from a world 
turning from pleasure-seeking, materialistic-minded little men will 
conquer. You are the ones to keep that ultimate goal alive — reach- 
able. Only as we continue to study the past, learn from its mistakes, 
and digest the facts, can we plan for the future and grow. I believe 
that we will continue to grow, and have great faith that we will. The 
slogan this past year will always be a good guide to our accomplish- 
ments in the future. 

'When you are through learning — you are through'." 

This being their 125th Annual Convocation, the Grand High Priest 
felt that a little bit of history might be pertinent. On January 11, 184t7, 
in Tallahassee representatives of three Chapters namely Florida Chapter 
No. 32 of Tallahassee; Magnolia Chapter No. 16 from Appalachicola, 
and Florida Chapter No. 4 from St. Augustine being the requisite num- 
ber of Chapters present, i.e. three, selected a committee to draw up a 
constitution. On January 14th the committee met again and adopted 
the constitution. On January 18 of the same year they met again and 
elected their officers, who included Thomas Douglass as Grand High 
Priest. 

The Report of Committee on Youth states "The Youth of this State 
is the only possible place for us to look for our future leaders, both 
Masonically and commercially. If we do not give the necessary time to 
the guidance and education of our youth, where will we be in the future 
when we can no longer lead ourselves?" 



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GEORGIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Graydon W. Kitchens, G.H.P. 

127 Chapters, 25,721 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fiftieth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Georgia was held in the 
City of Macon, April 19, 20, 1972. 

A very extensive renovation programme was started many months 
ago on the Temple in which the Grand Chapter meets and the building 
Committee were happy to report that the Temple was completed within 
the time limit authorized. 

This Grand jurisdiction has amongst its many undertakings a pro- 
gram which they sponsor called the Juvenile Court Judges Seminar. 
This is a two day affair in which Juvenile Judges of the State of Georgia 
are invited to a discussion with reference to Youth Work particularly in 
the field of Juvenile Rehabilitation. Very able and eminent Judges, 
professors of law or medicine are attained as faculty for the workshop. 

In the address of the Grand High Priest- under some of his recom- 
mendations he states: "The question of territorial jurisdiction has 
always been a thorn in the side of the Grand Chapter. Laws governing 
the jurisdiction of the Chapters have been changed many times over the 
years. Under our present code a candidate is required to petition the 
Chapter nearest his residence, with the exception of the Atlanta area 
where concurrent jurisdiction prevails within ten miles of the center of 
the city. 

In my opinion our present system encourages apathy in many of 
our smaller Chapters, and is one of the causes of our continued loss in 
membership. The thought seems to prevail that since the potential 
candidates who live in the jurisdiction of a Chapter cannot petition any 
other Chapter, it is unnecessary to make any efforts to secure their 
petitions. 

Many of our Chapters do not meet regularly. These Chapters, 
almost without exception, are showing continued losses. And make no 
mistake Companions, the members of the Lodges in your area know 
the condition of your Chapter, and are not very eager to join a dead 
organization. The Chapters which are showing gains in membership 
usually have one or more members who are active in the Lodge as well 
as the Chapter, and these members are bringing in the petitions. One 
Lodge in Georgia last year raised 26, and all 26 petitioned the Chapter. 
I realize that this is a very exceptional case, but it shows what can be 
done." 

GERMANY 

M. Ex. Comp. Thomas H. Russ, G.H.P. 

13 Chapters, 1,209 Members. 

The Fifteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Germany was held at Heidelberg, Germany, on May 1, 
1971. 

Of the thirteen Chapters which make up this Grand Chapter, two 
are outside of Germany, one in Dhahran, Arabia ; and one in Vienna, 
Austria. 



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The Chapters confer the degrees in English, but I read in the Grand 
High Priest's Address that they are planning to form a German-speak- 
ing Chapter in the Zweibrueken area, with the idea that the German 
speaking companions in the area form a degree team so that they may 
confer the degrees on German speaking candidates. 

In the relatively short time that this Grand Chapter has been in 
existence, they have according to the Grand Secretary's Report ex- 
perienced 72 suspensions for the preceding year and 96 suspensions for 
the present year. He states, and we quote "Frankly, Companions, we 
are suspending ourselves right out of business." 

Another point of interest is that the hour which they convene was 
reported to be 0940 and that they were open to transact business at 
1000 hours. This is the first time we noticed the time referred to in 
military terms. 

IDAHO 

M. Ex. Comp. Blythe Clemons, G.H.P. 

20 Chapters, 2,605 Members. 

The Sixty-fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of the State of Idaho was held in the Masonic Temple, at 
Boise, Idaho, on May 24th, 1972. 

This year the Grand Historian wrote a most interesting and com- 
prehensive history of one of the constituent chapters from its beginning, 
the chapter in question being Blackfoot Chapter No. 23, R.A.M. 

In the Report of the Grand Lecturer we quote "The Most Excellent 
Grand High Priest and the Grand Lecturer agreed to hold a joint 
meeting of all the officers. As a result the annual meeting of the Grand 
Lecturers and Deputies was turned into a workshop. To facilitate this 
the M.E. Grand High Priest issued a call of all his officers to meet in 
Boise on October 9, 1971. The meeting was divided into two parts: the 
first was a seminar on human motivations which concluded with an 
address by the Grand High Priest. The afternoon was given over to 
small sized groups for discussion. The workshop concluded with general 
comments from all. It was the general opinion the meeting was worth- 
while and should be held again next year. 

Generally the work of the various Chapters over the state has im- 
proved somewhat. Attendance also is up a little. It is hoped the various 
attractions asking for men's time have caused the Companions to con- 
clude York Rite Masonry is the greater in personal returns." 



INDIANA 

M. Ex. Comp. Harrison B. Williams, G.H.P. 

88 Chapters, 19,376 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Indiana was held 
in the Holiday Inn, Terre Haute, on April 21st, 1972. 

A section of the proceedings referred to as the Condensed History 
of the Grand Chapter of Indiana which has been compiled by Robert 
A. Woods, P.G.H.P., makes most interesting reading because it traces 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 153 

the Grand Chapter of Indiana from its birth through trying times up to 
the present. 

Also of interest a numerical order of the Indiana Chapter Active and 
Dead gives information such as dates of dispensation, dates chartered, 
if consolidated with another chapter and much more information of 
interest. 

A resolution was submitted at this Grand Convocation that in order 
to have better communication between Constituent Chapters and the 
Grand Chapter, the state be divided into nine (9) Arches or Battalions, 
each Arch or Battalion should consist of one or more Districts. The 
District shall be supervised by an Excellent Companion known as a 
District Deputy Grand High Priest. 

We have read in several places throughout the proceedings refer- 
ence being made to a Short Form opening, and in the Report of the 
Committee on Unfinished Business, one of the items to be decided on at 
the Grand Convocation in 1973 will be the recommendation regarding 
the Short Form Opening. 

IOWA 

M. Ex. Comp. William S. Burnquist, G.H.P. 

82 Chapters, 13,165 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Iowa, was held in the Masonic Temple, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 
on April 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1971. 

In the preliminary report of the Jurisprudence Committee, they 
made among others two resolutions, one regarding a scholarship of 
$500.00 to a high school graduate who is a member of the Order of 
DeMolay, also a $500.00 scholarship to a deserving high school graduate 
member of the Order of Rainbow. 

It was reported that it appears that most of the candidates going 
into Royal Arch Masonry in Iowa were between the ages of 30 and 40, 
with the youngest being 21 and the oldest being 75. It goes on to say 
regardless of the new candidates' ages, all members are getting along 
in age each year and part of the task is getting new members to replace 
those that pass away each year. 

This Grand Chapter is very enthusiastic in regards to Festivals and 
last fall there were ten held, one taking place in each district. 

In the Report of the Grand Secretary, he says "We rejoice that 
so many of our members have maintained their membership for more 
than 50 years. In the fiscal year just ended more than 100 companions 
joined this exceptional group. On January 1, 1921, we had a member- 
ship of 20,778, and during that year 2,657 were exalted, admitted and 
reinstated. A substantial increase in 50 year members may be expected 
in the new fiscal year. 

While the number of companions whose dues were remitted may 
seem large, we commend those chapters which have seen fit to practice 
those lessons taught to us." 

In concluding my remarks regarding the Grand Chapter of Iowa, 
it is noted that the installation of the Grand Officers is a Public Cere- 
mony at which the ladies and their guests were invited to enter the 
chapter room. 



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IOWA 

M. Ex. Comp. Marion L. Charlton, G.H.P. 
82 Chapters, 12,820 Members. 

The One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Iowa was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Des Moines, Iowa, on April 6, 7, 8, 1972, 

The Grand Master of Iowa, M.W. Bro. Woodrow W. Morris, was 
present at this Grand Convocation by invitation of the Grand High 
Priest The Grand Master was asked to speak and gave a most interest- 
ing talk in which he drew many parallels with the Grand Chapter to the 
Grand Lodge. 

In the Report of the Grand Secretary under the heading of Consoli- 
dation we quote "We appear to be entering a period of consolidations, 
and realize fewer but stronger and more active Chapters will promote 
the Royal Arch in Iowa." 

In a portion of the Grand High Priest's address under Condition of 
the Craft he states "The lack of communication between the constituent 
chapters and the Craft has been one of the sources of the downward 
trend. The lack of preparation for festivals has been obvious to the 
Candidates as well as to those who have travelled many miles to visit. 

"Dedication and work are the only solutions to our problem." 

During the Installation Ceremony the District Deputy Grand High 
Priests were presented for installation. Each was invested with his 
apron and jewel of office, admonished to honorably discharge the duties 
of his office and conducted to a seat in the northeast of the Chapter. 

"It ain't the individual 
Or the army as a whole, 
But the everlasting teamwork 
Of every blooming Soul." 

Rudyard Kipling. 



IRELAND 

M. Ex. and Supreme Sydney Hanna, Grand King. 
398 Chapters, ? Members. 

The Stated Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Ireland are held at Freemason's Hall, Dublin, on the first Wednesday, 
in the months of February, May and November, and the third Wednesday 
in June. 

It is interesting to read this Annual Report from Ireland, first of all 
it is entirely different in its make-up compared to the most that we read. 

It is composed of District Grand Royal Arch Chapters with a M. 
Ex. District Grand King as its head, and each of these District Grand 
Kings have submitted for printing in the Annual proceedings the report 
of their activities during the past year. There are several Districts in 
South Africa which come directly under the Supreme Grand Chapter ot 
Ireland. In the list of chapters there are some which send in payments 
from New Zealand and Australia. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION. TORONTO, 1973 155 

In the Report of the District Grand Chapter of Antrim, he writes 
"Two-thirds of the total number of Chapters in the District of Antrim 
meet in Belfast, and this report is being written at a time when these 
Chapters are endeavouring to carry on as normally as possible in very 
trying conditions. The serious state of affairs in the city makes Com- 
panions very loath to be out of their homes at night, and the bomb 
attacks by terrorists on two of our Masonic Halls, together with the 
uncertainty regarding public transport at night, have aggravated the 
situation." 

"I have now come to the end of yet another report on the affairs 
of District Grand Chapter, and I am very sorry indeed that I should 
be having to write it at a time when violence, robbery and wanton 
destruction to property are all too commonplace. 

Such disregard for human life and for law and order must be 
abhorrent to every right-thinking person, and now, more than ever, it 
behooves us who are privileged to be Royal Arch Masons to keep con- 
stantly before us the great principles of Freemasonry, and to do our 
utmost to embody them in our every day way of living." 

KANSAS 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles S. McGinness, G.H.P. 

88 Chapters, 13,114 Members. 

The One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Kansas was held in the Masonic 
Temple in Salina, Kansas, March 3rd, 1972. 

We cannot help but mention here of the outstanding contribution to 
Capitular Masonry and Masonry in general in Kansas that this Grand 
High Priest has given during his forty some years in Masonry. He is 
one of the very few who have served masonry in the capacity of Grand 
Master. 

Under the title of THE YEAR'S ACTIVITIES — "Of course, the 
two big events of the year were the presentation of "The Word" here 
at Salina and the speaking appearance of DR. NORMAN VINCENT 
PEALE, D.D., at Topeka. Each event, I feel, has given a big boost to 
Masonry in general and to York Rite Masonry in particular. 

Unfortunately, the boost was not enough to get us back on the 
gaining track but we came closer — maybe 1972 will be the year. Three 
hundred and eleven Companions were exalted, 24 more than a year ago; 
suspensions decreased by 32 from the previous year but deaths increased 
by 22. Even though we sustained a net loss of 341 in membership, only 
8 less than a year ago, it is an improvement. 

More Chapters showed activity with Wyandotte No. 6 showing 23 
exaltations, the most in the State. Stafford Chapter No. 52 showed a 
net gain of 7 members, more than 13 r /r and will be presented with a 
certificate from the General Grand Chapter office for this accomplish- 
ment." 

At the conclusion of the Address of the Grand High Priest, there is 
a heading under the name of APPRECIATION, and I quote: "I now 
come to the end of this report. It brings a lump to my throat for I am 
nearing the end of a Masonic journey which has occupied over forty 
years of rather active participation in Masonic endeavor. I am not 



156 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

retiring for there is still much to be done, and I hope to be able to help 
in a revival of interest in our beloved order, for a few more years. 

During the more than forty years since I was "catapulted" into the 
office of High Priest of Cherryvale Chapter No. 86, at a time when that 
Chapter was seriously considering giving up its charter, I have felt an 
increasing interest in and devotion to our order. It is indeed the fore- 
most fraternal organization the world has ever seen. 

The Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God deserves 
the best effort we can provide for promotion of its welfare and effective 
outreach." 

KENTUCKY 

M. Ex. Comp. Chester Bush, G.H.P. 

90 Chapters, 13,566 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons was held in the Grand 
Ballroom of the Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, on September 22, 
1971. 

In opening the Proceedings from the Grand Chapter of Kentucky, 
the first thing that I noticed was that the Proceedings of the Grand 
Chapter Annual Convocation was not there, it was the report of the 
Grand Commandery. Upon looking further, it was found that the Grand 
Chapter Proceedings was at the very last of the book, after not only 
the Grand Commandery report but also the Grand Council Annual 
Proceedings. 

The Report of Chief Inspector and Statistician quotes: "Of the 
ninety Royal Arch Chapters in Kentucky, reports were received from 
eighty-eight. Of this number seven were book inspections and four 
consisted merely of a report that no inspection was possible because of 
a lack of a quorum. 

Fifty-four chapters had ten percent or more of their members 
present at inspection. 

Eleven High Preists were absent at the inspection of their respective 
chapters; 13 Kings were absent; and 18 Scribes were absent. 

The Inspection Reports of this year compare quite favorably with 
those of the past several years. Year after year there are always a 
few High Priests, Kings, Scribes, and other Officers who do not take 
the duties and responsibilities of their offices seriously, or else do not 
fully realize the possibilities for service to Masonry afforded them by 
work in the Chapter. An average of four officers per chapter attended 
less than nine convocations during the year. And when we speak of four 
per Chapter, that is one third of all of the Officers in the State. There 
is no doubt that an increase in Fervency and Zeal among the officers 
would result in increased activity and growth in the Grand Chapter of 
Kentucky." 

LOUISIANA 

M. Ex. Comp. Carrol W. Cormier, G.H.P. 

61 Chapters, 9,260 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana was held in the 
Jung Hotel, New Orleans, on March 18, 1972. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 157 

A special committee was appointed to handle re-instatements for 
the year, and the Grand High Priest states that in several instances that 
he knows of that Companions have sent in their cheques along with a 
copy of the letter they had received from the committee, which indicates 
that the Companions really do want to feel that they are both needed 
and wanted. 

A Grand Chapter Holy Bible is awarded on a point basis: one 
point for each percent of gain plus one point for each gain in the 
chapter membership during the year. Four chapters produced recogniz- 
able gains resulting in points sufficient to place in the contest. 

There were thirty-one companions presented with fifty year cards 
and lapel pins during the past year. 

A Royal Arch Mason magazine called the "Louisiana" was prepared 
and mailed eight times during the year in line with their postal con- 
tract, and that the "Louisiana Section" in the Royal Arch Mason maga- 
zine had been prepared for quarterly appearances by the editor. 

We make one quote from the Grand High Priest's Address regarding 
the attendance and membership problems in Louisiana. "As has been 
the cry for a number of years, attendance seems to be at a low 
ebb and the reasons or excuses are the same, membership in too many 
organizations, work, television, air conditioned homes and many others, 
too numerous to mention. It is imperative that some interest be 
stimulated in these Companions to get them to become involved in all 
phases of chapter work. Thus assuring their attendance at the meet- 
ings. When we look about us and see the same faces at all of the affairs 
and doing most of the work, we wonder why we can't in some manner, 
impart a portion of this enthusiasm to those who are less inclined to 
participate." 

MAINE 

M. Ex. Comp. Max E. Place, G.H.P. 
64 Chapters, 9,681 Members. 

The One Hundred and Forty-seventh Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Maine was held in the Masonic Temple at Portland, 
Maine, on Tuesday, May 2nd, 1972. 

On October 23, an international Royal Arch interchange with the 
Companions of New Brunswick was held. "On October 23, 1971, we 
were invited by M.E. First Grand Principal Neil W. Astle to present 
the Royal Arch degree according to the Maine ritual at a special Con- 
vocation of the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick at Edmunston. There 
was an excellent attendance from both jurisdictions and we and our 
ladies were royally entertained by M.E. Neil W. Astle and the Officers 
and Companions of the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick. 

Through the efforts of M.E. Waldo Y. Leeman and M.E. Benjamin 
Butler, a "Hands Across the Border" Medallion had been designed and 
struck to commemorate this annual exchange. This medallion was pre- 
sented on the foregoing occasion to the presiding officers of both 
jurisdictions who had been in office during the years since the inter- 
change was originated. Each presiding officer presented the medal to 
his respective counterpart of the other jurisdiction for the corresponding 
year, and I heartily wish I had a tape recording of the presentation 
comments. 



158 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

The number one medal was presented to Mrs. Benjamin "Auntie" 
Ela in memory of our beloved M.E. Past Grand High Priest "Uncle 
Ben" Ela, who was largely instrumental in the inauguration of this 
annual exchange of degree work." 

The Chairman of the Committee for Area York Rite reports "One 
of the major problems in our Chapters today is that of obtaining 
Officer material, but this can be overcome. Witness a freshman class 
entering college, a chaotic mass of ungoverned green youngsters. 
Watch this group six months later and you will see the real leaders 
emerge. 

Leadership means following as well as fellowship and is the art 
of inspiring others to follow and do greater things." 

In many of the Grand jurisdictions in the United States, according 
to the proceedings, the Grand line officers have their reports printed in 
the proceeding. In this, the one from Maine, the Grand High Priest 
makes a very good report, consisting of several pages in the proceeding. 
There is one report made by one of the D.D.G.H.P. which, in his report, 
exceeds the length of the Grand High Priest's report by several pages. 

MANITOBA 

M. Ex. Comp. R. Gordon Johnston, G.F.P. 

19 Chapters, 2,059 Members. 

The Forty-ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Manitoba was held in the Marlborough Hotel, Winnipeg, 
Manitoba, April 14th, 1972. 

This Grand Chapter had passed to the Grand Chapter above four 
of its Past Grand First Principals, each of which had a most outstand- 
ing and useful life in Masonry, contributing above and beyond what was 
called for in our every day life. 

There is working in this Grand Chapter a Fiftieth Anniversary 
Committee dedicated to the job of making their 50th celebration the 
most memorable to all Royal Arch Masons in Manitoba as humanly 
possible. 

A proposal was received at the Grand Executive Meeting on Thurs- 
day, October 14, 1971, that the Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba through 
their Grand Chapter to establish a treatment and rehabilitation centre 
for young drug addicts. A suggestion that a committee be appointed 
to study the proposal. 

MARYLAND 

M. Ex. Comp. D. Franklin McGinnis, G.H.P. 

27 Chapters, 7,002 Members. 

The One Hundred and Seventy-fifth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland was held in the 
Masonic Temple in the City of Baltimore, on May 9th, 1972. 

It is with interest that we report of the preparation of this Grand 
Chapter to hold a long-planned celebration which was to be held Satur- 
day, June 24, 1972 at the Adult Educational Centre of the University of 
Maryland on the occasion of their 175th Anniversary. 

A special medal was struck for the occasion commemorating the 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 159 

175th Anniversary, and this medal was available in silver or bronze. 

In the address of the Grand High Priest, he refers to a visit to 
Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Scotland and I 
quote: "I had the pleasure to attend the Convocation of the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Scotland for the induction of 
its Grand Officers., It was a most impressive ceremony. All were robed 
and costumed. The Grand High Priest's robe being of red velvet 
trimmed in genuine ermine. 

I was invited to lunch as was my wife, broken arm not withstanding. 

After the installation a banquet was held and I made the toast to 
the Grand Officers. Quite contrary to our banquets every sixth man 
was supplied with a replenishable fifth of Scotch whiskey, as well as 
red and white wine. At the head table, ours was served in a beautiful 
Edinburgh crystal decanter. 

The Grand High Priest, The Right Honorable, the Earl of Elgin 
and Kincardine, is a very estimable gentleman. It was at his order that 
my wife and I were conducted through the oldest Masonic Temple in the 
world and my wife sat where Robert Burns sat when he attended the 
lodge." 

An interesting paragraph at the completion of the Grand Lecturer's 
Report was found to have much thought in it and we would like to 
reprint it for your reading. 

"And now, my Companions, let me remind you, as another has 
said, there are 'not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and all 
rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door.' In our Masonic 
life, who knows? That knock may be caused by a cherished friend, or 
one who needs a friend. Let me urge you to continue to be proficient 
in the ritual, and with the help of God purify your hearts that you 
may be qualified to answer that knock and cover him with broad mantle 
of Charity and Brotherly Love." 

MICHIGAN 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles Campbell Rademaker, G.H.P. 

135 Chapters, 24,015 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-third Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Michigan was held in the City of Traverse, on October 
8-9, 1971. 

Royal Arch Seminars were held during the last capitular year at 
various locations throughout the state. The subject in most cases pre- 
sented were Red Book, York Rite Cooperation and Membership. It is 
reported that the subject material was very well received especially 
that covering the Red Book. Those present took an active part in the 
discussions and certainly those in attendance came away better informed 
and better Royal Arch Masons. There was a total of nine seminars 
held during the year between March and September. 

There were 110 Fifty-year Membership Lapel Buttons presented 
during the year. This being another year of increase for this item. 

Plans are already underway to again hold a statewide Royal Arch 
Outdoor Reunion at a place called Ruthig Farm near Leslie. Committees 
have already been appointed and they are working toward the point of 



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taking care of at least 100 Royal Arch Masons at the next function of 
this kind. 

Rating Certificates were presented to chapters showing a net gain 
during the past year of which there were 30 chapters. 

Quoting from the Report of the Ritual Proficiency Committee: "It 
is our considered opinion that we are not making suitable progress in 
the area of our District Deputy System. There is a potential in such a 
system that is not producing the desired result. We suggest that some 
plan be devised that would furnish some reasonable assurance that 
before a Deputy Instructor is permitted to go out among the Chapters 
as an instructor, he should submit some proof of his qualifications to do 
the important task involved. Boards could be established to examine 
potential District Deputies and when found qualified, certify them as 
such. We are under the impression that some such plan is in use in 
Iowa and Ohio. We recommend that information be solicited from them 
on this matter. 

We further feel that no person, no matter how well he knows the 
words of the ritual, can convey the true lessons in Capitular Masonry 
to a candidate unless he fully understands them himself. The desired 
result cannot be obtained by simply repeating the words of the ritual. 
We therefore suggest that some method be established whereby the 
true meaning of Capitular Masonry be imparted to the Deputies and 
they in turn to their assigned Chapters. There is a wealth of material 
available which could be obtained for this purpose. 

Consider a brief explanation to the candidate, of the work he is 
about to witness in each degree prior to the conferral. This could 
result in a better understanding of the lessons portrayed. Inaugurate 
some sort of follow up plan after the conferral of the degrees. This 
could consist of short explanations relative to the history, symbolism, 
etc., of the various degrees. Masonic education at all levels is the real 
necessity." 

MINNESOTA 

M. Ex. Comp. John E. Scwalbe, G.H.P. 

70 Chapters, 13,011 Members. 

The One Hundred and Tenth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Minnesota was held in the Masonic 
Temple at St. Cloud, Minnesota, on October 1, and 2, 1971. 

In the Report of the Grand Lecturer, he states "Each of the eight 
Capitular Districts of Minnesota put on a Festival this spring. The 
quality of the work was uniformly good, for the most part, and some- 
times almost brilliant, and the attendance was quite satisfactory. A 
total of 152 companions were Exalted compared to 127 last year. 

We read with interest the Report of the Committee on York Rite 
Unity. "For perhaps the last ten years, there has been a growing 
murmur about that something called "York Rite Unity". Briefly, it 
refers to a sort of union of the Chapter, the Council and the Com- 
mandery, now called the York Rite, into some pattern of operation and 
co-operation, similar to that existing in the Scottish Rite, where there 
are also three divisions of a sort, although not as pronounced as in the 
York Rite. 

Some evidences of this union are already to be found in some of the 



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Grand Jurisdictions. For instance in a neighboring Jurisdiction, there 
now is an all-inclusive petition, whereby, on the same blank, a Candidate 
may apply for the Chapter, the Council and the Commandery. 

Much of the push for York Rite Unity seems to come from the 
Grand Encampment of the Grand Commanderies. Partly to this end, 
they have held conferences 4n various sections of the country, including 
one last November at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a continuance of 
the same to be held at the same place next month. It was my privilege 
to be present at the Conference last fall, and I believe I can honestly 
say that I endorse all of the suggestions that were made at Sioux Falls. 
No formal declaration of policy was made at that meeting. 

As of now, the general feeling at the top level, seems to be in 
favor of some type of Unity organization, but with extremely wide 
differences of opinion as to how this should be implemented. 

At the present time, there is a Degree, (or whatever it might be 
called), now referred to simply as THE WORD. It has some begin- 
nings in Illinois, and perhaps one or two other states. In this organi- 
zation, ALL York Rite degrees are conferred. This includes Blue 
Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery. The entire session lasts 
from 3 to 4 hours, with all the degrees conferred at one sitting. How- 
ever, this organization strongly urges and recommends that che Candi- 
date then goes back to his home Lodge, Chapter, etc., and take the full 
degrees in each Body." 

MISSISSIPPI 

Most Ex. Comp. Brewer H. Hutchinson, G.H.P. 

57 Chapters, 10,881 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-third Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi was held in the 
Heidelberg Hotel, in Jackson, Mississippi, on Friday and Saturday, May 
7 and 8, 1971. 

After reading through the Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of 
Mississippi, we find it most heartening to report that this is one of the 
few Grand jurisdictions which has shown a net gain. A gain of 52 
members. As a matter of fact, in the report referred to as a Compara- 
tive Statement of Membership, it shows that since 1965 they have had 
a gain in membership each year. One Chapter this past year had a 
gain of 43 members. 

In the Report of the Grand Lecturer, he remarks: "Our total gain 
was a little more last year, yet the number of candidates exalted was 
smaller. In fact, our gain was greater than in the past six years, and 
we feel sure that one reason is that we had fewer suspensions for non 
payment of dues last year." 

"In making a successful chapter out of a dormant one we might 
list a few prerequisites: (1) Knowledge of the subject; (2) enthusiasm 
for the project; (3) regular attendance on meetings, and knowing 'his 
part'. Other things he might do: Discourage use of rituals in open 
chapter meetings; insist on each officer learning his part prior to the 
time of the meeting; hold all stated convocations of his chapter during 
the year and open each one on time; conduct the business of stated 
convocations in the same manner as Blue Lodge communication is con- 
ducted." 



162 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

'We walk upon the ashes of the generations who have gone this 
way before us, to which our ashes must, in turn contribute.' The 
example we set for future generations must be of the highest type. 
We must impress our younger Masons, those who are candidates for the 
degrees, with a high quality performance in the ritualistic work, for it 
stands to reason that if they are not impressed with our ceremonies 
they will be lukewarm in their future attitudes." 

MISSISSIPPI 

M. Ex. Comp. Mays D. Whelchel, G.H.P. 

51 Chapters, 11,045 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Annual Convocation of The 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi was held at the 
Heidelberg Hotel, Jackson, Mississippi, May 5th, 1972. 

The Report of the Grand Lecturer is very interesting and we would 
like to quote for your reading. "It has been said many times in the 
past ten years, and we repeat it here, that York Rite Festivals seem to 
be the order of the day. What they accomplish seems to make the 
difference between net gains and net losses. Many times we have heard 
it said there is no substitute for hard work in promoting the welfare of 
our local Masonic Bodies. We might add to this another quality, that 
of cooperation between members of all branches of Freemasonry in a 
given locality. We have very few companions who are not willing to 
assist in promoting the welfare of all branches of our great fraternity. 
Those who work in the Chapter are also on hand to assist in conferring 
degrees and orders in the other bodies, thus making sure that the entire 
system of York Rite Masonry is benefitted by their cooperation." 

"The past year we realized a goal that has eluded us for many years 
— in fact, for the one hundred and twenty-four years of our existence 
as a Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. We attained the goal of 
having more than eleven thousand members on our rolls. We do not 
mean to emphasize merely quantity, for we are always seeking to im-' 
prove the quality of our degree work. Yet it seems to me that this is 
the way to do it. The more candidates we can secure the more ambition 
we will have to do better work. The chapters which consistently show 
losses in membership (and they are few) can attest to the fact that this 
is true, for most of them cannot, or will not, learn to do their own work. 
They depend on the Festivals, or on some neighboring Chapter to do 
their work for them. We do not discourage these methods of taking in 
new members, but rather we are trying to encourage them to shake off 
the "lazy streak" and try to do at least part of their own work. Many 
chapters have tried this in the past few years and have found that the 
more work they do, the better they like it, and the more proficient they 
become in the work." 

MISSOURI 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles A. Bottermuller, G.H.P. 

100 Chapters, 19,320 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Missouri was held in the Stratford 
Room of the Ramada Inn, Jefferson City, Missouri, on Tuesday, April 
25, 1972. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 163 

The Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Missouri is a very full, 
informative and interesting piece of correspondence to read and it is 
impossible to have reprinted in this report all the ideas which we con- 
sider might be of interest to our members, but we will endeavour to 
present a few of their ideas and thoughts to you. 

The Grand officers decided on a three point program which would 
be pursued for at least the next five years with the hope that they may 
help in many ways for the betterment of the Royal Arch in Missouri, 
and are as follows: 

"1. Establish and operate an active program of interest and participa- 
tion by Royal Arch chapters in the affairs of the symbolic lodges. 

2. Encourage and assist the individual chapters in an active and 
meaningful Charitable Activities Program at the local level. 

3. Encourage and assist every chapter in developing an interesting 
and enjoyable Outside Activities Program." 

A sum of $1,000.00 is allocated for charity by the Finance Com- 
mittee each year and it is the privilege of the Grand High Priest to 
announce the disbursement of the funds. 

Committee on Work Report — "This has been a very dedicated, 
capable, and hard-working committee. It has had quarterly meetings 
which were well attended and enthusiastically supported. Methods and 
procedures for teaching the ritual were agreed upon after many lively 
and vigorous discussions. This committee has prepared and printed 
numerous charts, diagrams and instructions, for the proper rendition 
of the degrees and other ritualistic aspects of the work. These aids are 
now ready for distribution. They are available to all interested Royal 
Arch Masons and will be most helpful in all aspects of the degrees. I 

have been most gratified by the accomplishments of this committee, 
and it is my considered opinion that we are well on the way to reaching 
a level of ritualistic instruction which has not been approached for 
many years. This is in no sense to be construed as a criticism of pre- 
vious Grand Lecturers who were very capable and dedicated men. But 
the coverage of instruction is now far superior to what it could have 
possibly been before under the Grand Lecturer system. Seven men in 
widely separated areas of the state can, through sheer numbers, accom- 
plish far more than only one, regardless how zealous and energetic he 
may be." 

The Acceptance Address of newly Installed Grand High Priest. "I 
will do my best to uphold the fine traditions of this great jurisdiction 
and keep the meaningful momentum going that has been given by our 
grand officers, Past Grand High Priests, and especially under the direc- 
tion of our Junior Past Grand High Priest, Charles A. Bottermuller. 
Freemasonry has survived by sacrifice. It has had much to do with the 
development of our country. It has been maintained by sacrifice. The 
conditions of our times fairly shout to us that we are charged with the 
responsibility of preserving the traditions of our Fraternity, if indeed 
civilization is to remain as we know it and if it is to endure. I would 
like to recite the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "Lord, make me an 
instrument of thy peace, where there is hatred let me so love; where 
there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is 
despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, 
joy. Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, 



164 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love, 
for it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we pardon, 
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.' 

MONTANA 

Most Ex. Clinton C. Cox, G.H.P. 

33 Chapters, 4,242 Members. 

The Eighty-second Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Montana was held in the Colonial Motor Hotel in Helena, 
Montana, on Wednesday, June 9, 1971. 

In the Grand Secretary's Financial Report, he makes note of "In 
view of the cost of printing the Annual Proceedings in the regular way, 
it was decided to try and reduce this expense without materially reduc- 
ing the service rendered by the printing of these. We have made a very 
substantial saving and while there is room for improvement in the 
preparation of the material, we expect that the 1971 Annual proceedings 
will show improvement in this respect. This office is in the course of 
preparing a complete Roster of Members and this will be sent to all 
Grand officers, Past Grand officers and four copies to each constituent 
chapter with the 1971 Annual Proceedings." 

Also in the proceedings there is mentioned the Fall District Meet- 
ings of which we list some of the subjects that were discussed: Work- 
shops; District Convocations; Three-way Petitions; The Big Brother 
Method; Programs; Sickness and Distress Reports; Charters; "The 
Word" Rituals; Life Memberships; Non-Mason Information; Re-affirma- 
tion Sunday; Royal Arch Monitor; Minimum Fees. 

This Grand Chapter visits quite often with the Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Alberta as well as the Companions from Alberta 
visiting the Companions of Montana Chapters. 

MONTANA 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles J. Speake, G.H.P. 

33 Chapters, 4,120 Members. 

The Eighty-third Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Montana was held in the Masonic Temple in 
Hamilton, Montana, on June 7th, 1972. 

"Consideration of the circulation of the Royal Arch Mason maga- 
zine, an item also mentioned by the Deputy General Grand High Priest, 
was then discussed, and upon the assurance by the Grand Secretary 
that the Grand Chapter would have funds available, a motion was made 
that the Grand Chapter provide for the circulation of the magazine to 
every member of the Montana Chapters." 

Reception of Veteran Royal Arch Masons — "Commencing with a 
call for those Royal Arch Masons with 50 years or more service, and 
reducing each call by 5 years until reaching 25 years, the Grand High 
Priest assembled a considerable number west of the Altar, where the 
Grand King, Companion Willard C. Paulson extended a cordial welcome 
and commended each of the group on the great help their efforts had 
been to Montana Capitular Freemasonry and wished for them many 
more years of activity for Masonry. Companion Percy W. Doles, P.H.P. 



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of Havre Chapter No. 19, a Royal Arch Mason for 68 years, responded 
for the group, stating that he was exalted in Cheyenne Chapter No. 1 at 
Cheyenne, Wyoming." 

UNITED STATES OF MEXICO 

M. Ex. Comp. Federico W. Von Son Wiedemuth, G.H.P. 
7 Chapters, 342 Members. 

The Eighteenth Annual Grand Convocation of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of the United States of Mexico was held in 
Mexico City, on Saturday, April 8th, 1972. 

In the address of the Grand High Priest, he had no less than nine- 
teen recommendations which he felt would be helpful to the Grand 
Chapter. 

As we have said, there were nineteen recommendations and each 
one has much merit but the nineteenth is one which, if put into practice 
in every chapter would certainly go a long way in bettering the attend- 
ance and we would like to quote it here: 

"19. Take personal charge of new companions forcing their regular 
attendance to create closer personal friendships and the habit of attend- 
ance." 

In this proceedings about half of it is written in Spanish and the 
other half written in English. 

There was one address given by M. Ex. Comp. Roger K. Becker, 
P.G.H.P., which was very interesting from the point of view that it 
traced Royal Arch Masonry from practically its origin and before the 
forming of the United Grand Lodge of England to the present time. 

The newly installed Grand High Priest is also at the present time 
the Grand Master. 

NEBRASKA 

M. Ex. Comp. Herbert T. White, G.H.P. 

41 Chapters, 6,847 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nebraska was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Omaha, on Wednesday, April 14, 1971. 

Many Grand Chapters use Grand Superintendents to oversee the 
work conferred in the Chapters, others have what is referred to as 
Grand Lecturers and Assistant Grand Lecturers. The Grand Chapter 
of Nebraska have Grand Lecturers and one of the duties attached to 
this office was to see that "Proficiency examinations were required in 
all Subordinate Chapters to determine the quality of the work being 
conferred; that is whether it was done in an impressive manner and 
according to the standardized instruction. 

The requirements for Proficiency Examinations were as follows: 

1. Opening and closing in the Royal Arch Degree. 

2. Reception of Grand Officers. 

3. Recitation of all four obligations. 

4. Exemplification of the Mark Master's Degree, including opening 
and closing. 



166 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

In conclusion, 30 Chapters received their Proficiency Awards and 
so far this year we are off to a good start. I hope this is an indication 
of what is to follow." 

The Grand Chapter of Nebraska has an award given annually for 
distinguished service to York Rite Masonry which is presented to the 
recipient by the Grand High Priest and it is called Knights of the 
Royal Arch. 

In the Report of the Masonic Educational Committee there is a 
paragraph which reads "The efforts made to make the September 19 
Triad at North Platte successful taught this Committee that the method 
of teaching York Rite Masonry is by personal contact. Letter writing 
or expecting someone else to do the work is useless. 

A recommendation put forth by the Grand High Priest that a Grand 
Representative near Nebraska from other Grand Jurisdictions who 
fails to attend the Nebraska Grand Convocation for five (5) consecutive 
years should have his commission automatically terminated and the 
jurisdiction which commissioned said companion as Grand Representa- 
tive be notified that said office is vacant. 

NEBRASKA 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles E. Baker, G.H.P. 

41 Chapters, 6,607 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nebraska was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Chadron, on April 5th, 1972. 

The Report of the Grand Lecturer listed five (5) proficiency re- 
quirements which may vary from year to year but there are the five 
for this year, as follows: 

"1. Opening and closing in the Royal Arch Degree with not more 
than a total of five ritualistic errors, substitution for High Priest not 
to be permitted and only two substitutions for the remaining line 
officers. No officer shall be used in more than one station. 

2. Exemplification of the Past Master's Degree including opening 
and closing. 

3. The reception of Grand Officers to be demonstrated following 
procedure outlined in the Grand Chapter Law Book. 

4. The recitation of all four obligations with no ritualistic errors, 
not more than two obligations by the same companion. 

5. Definite arrangements to be made for the conferring of each 
degree: that is, if the chapter does not do their own work, they are to 
make arrangements with a neighboring chapter to have it done." 

The Report of the Committee on Masonic Homes was given, and 
we find that there is interest in two Masonic sponsored Homes, one a 
home for children which has 28 children in it at present, and the other 
a home for elderly people. 

The following paragraph was taken from the report of Superin- 
tendent Evers (re: one of the homes). "The finest expression of the 
beauty and work of the Masonic fraternity is found in the Nebraska 
Masonic Home. Without charity, any organization is doomed." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 167 

NEVADA 

M. Ex. Comp. John F. Coulthard, G.H.P. 
9 Chapters, 1,150 Members. 

The Ninety-seventh Annual Grand Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Nevada was held in the Masonic Temple, Las Vegas, Nevada, 
on February 9, 1971. 

The Report of Special Apron Lecture Committee states that "Your 
committee on the Apron Lecture have studied several Apron Lectures 
from other jurisdictions. It is our unanimous feeling that the one used 
by the M.E. Grand Chapter of the State of Washington, a copy of which 
was furnished to us for our study by ME. Companion Robert P. Monroe, 
P. G.H.P. of Washington, most clearly expresses those fundamentals of 
instruction which we believe should characterize such a lecture. 

We therefore, with pleasure, recommend the adoption of that lecture 
(Washington's) for use in this Grand jurisdiction (Nevada). In Wash- 
ington the lecture is delivered by the King immediately after the Obliga- 
tion. We suggest that the Committee on Ritual be consulted for their 
recommendation as to the proper placement of the lecture in our ritual 
rendition of the Royal Arch Degree. 

A copy of the Washington Lecture is attached and made part of this 
report." 

"PROPOSED APRON LECTURE 

KING: I now present you with the apron of a Royal Arch Mason. 
Its color is white, bordered in scarlet, symbolizing the purity of your 
intentions and the fervency and zeal which should actuate you in the 
performance of every duty. On the flag is the emblem of emblems of a 
Royal Arch Mason, a triple tau within a triangle, all within a circle. 

The tau was recognized by the Hebrews as a mark of salvation, and 
it has ever been considered a symbol of life. 

The equilateral triangle is the most important of all Masonic 
emblems, and is with us, as with nations of antiquity, a symbol of the 
Supreme Architect of the Universe, The Creator, whose Name is a 
symbol of Divine Truth, which we as Free Masons should constantly 
seek. 

The circle is an emblem of eternity; and having neither beginning 
nor end, is the symbol of God, a Being without beginning of days or 
ending of years. 

The triple Tau in a triangle within a circle symbolizes the Sacred 
Name and is worn as a mark of distinction separating us who know and 
worship the True Name from those who are ignorant of this august 
mystery. When you shall have completed this Degree you may wear 
this emblem as one, who knowing and believing, may find in it the 
highest hope and faith ever given to man." 



168 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

M. Ex. Comp. Wesley Samuel Weston, G.F.P. 

11 Chapters, 1,422 Members. 

The Eighty-fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Saint John, N.B. on June 19, 1971. 

At a special convocation held in Rockland, Maine, U.S.A. in the 
Masonic Temple, the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick were privileged 
to exemplify the Royal Arch Degree. 

The Province is divided into three districts and the Grand Super- 
intendent of each district gave an interesting and complete report of his 
activities in his distrct. 

Even at this time they are preparing themselves in a financial way 
for their 100th Anniversary in sixteen years hence. 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

M. Ex. Comp. Neil W. Astle, G.F.P. 

11 Chapters, 1,397 Members. 

The Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Edmundston, New Brunswick, June 17th, 1972. 

Once again the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick joined with the 
Grand Chapter of Maine to celebrate their "Hands across the Border" 
Convocation. This exchanging of visits of the two Grand Chapters has 
been carried on for a period of ten years with much success. 

The Executive Committee of Grand Chapter held four meetings 
during the year, at which many points of interest regarding Royal Arch 
Masonry in New Brunswick was discussed. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles H. Cheney, G.H.P. 

25 Chapters, 2,733 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-third Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Hampshire was held in the Masonic 
Temple in Concord, New Hampshire, May 13, 1972. 

For the first time in the history of the state, they staged a York 
Rite Festival and consequently were able to show a gain in Capitular 
Masonry, the first in many years, and it is their hope that they can keep 
the momentum moving in this area. 

We note that at the Grand Convocation our own M. Ex. Comp. Leo 
J. Gent spoke on, behalf of all the guests, a timely topic, the problems 
that the Masonic* Fraternity face these days. 

The report of the Committee on Publicity and Public Relations 
states: "We your Committee on 'Publicity and Public Relations' submit 
the following report. We worked hand in hand with the York Rite 
Committee in promoting the first York Rite Festival. We found the 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 169 

newspaper, radio and television media receptive to our requests for space 
and time. We would express our appreciation to Companions in several 
areas of the State who assisted in this work, and recommend that all 
Constituent Chapters make use of the media available in their areas 
for the publicity of local meetings and special events." 

The Committee on Resolutions reports and we reprint in part: 
"That each Grand High Priest shall give serious consideration to equal 
representation of all Chapters in the Grand Line, stipulating that no 
appointment may be made from any Chapter a second time until all 
other Chapters of the state had an opportunity to be represented in that 
Grand Line." This was adopted unanimously. 

The newly installed Grand High Priest, after his installation, re- 
sponded as follows: "We have never had a method of training the Kings 
of our constituent Chapters in the obligations, and duties incumbent 
upon them in that high office. To this end, a new program will be 
instituted this year, which will make use of the talents of the appointive 
officers in the Grand Line. These men will spend time with each King 
in the Chapters assigned to him, and will teach him all of these things. 
We hope that it will be so successful that it will be made a permanent 
part of their future duties. No longer will a companion come into office 
as High Priest, wondering what to expect. He will know." 

NEW YORK 

M. Ex. Comp. William E. Carr, G.H.P. 

193 Chapters, 22,043 Members. 

The One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch Masons was held 
in the Thruway Hyatt House in Albany, New York, on Thursday, 
February 4, 1971. 

This is one of the larger Grand Chapters that we recognize today, 
so it follows that they have many Committees under various titles. It 
would be difficult to make mention of each committee's report and 
what it contains, so we will make note of reports which we feel might 
be of interest to our members. Committee on Tubercular Relief: "Since 
Grand Chapter undertook relief work in 1924 there has been expended 
for direct relief of Royal Arch Masons and their dependents suffering 
from chronic Pulmonary Disease a total of $158,267.92. The Scholarship 
Aid Fund this year gave several grants to students qualifying for 
assistance to aid them in furthering their education. 

We read with interest in the portion of the Grand High Priest's 
Address that he issued many dispensations and among them there were 
three which involved Chapters from Ontario to make a visit with 
Chapters in New York State. 

In the address of the Grand High Priest under his recommendations, 
he states: "If a family is to survive they must reproduce. So ^ it is 
with us, as Royal Arch Masons. We must produce candidates if we 
wish to keep this organization alive. There are some chapters within 
this State that are not producing candidates in their Chapters, thus the 
Chapters are slowly dying. They are of no present value to the Grand 
Chapter. They are not keeping Masonry alive. I feel that a committee, 
composed of the Grand Council Officers, should sit as a Board of Review 
on these Chapters. 



170 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

Any Chapter that has not exalted at least five Royal Arch Masons 
within three years should present itself before this Board to show 
cause why it should not be required to consolidate with a stronger 
Chapter in the area or surrender its warrant to the Grand Chapter." 

The report of the Committee of the Advancement of the Rite states: 
"It is a well known fact that our rite suffers from internal difficulties 
which are caused by, and because of, the continued annual net loss of 
membership. We have now reached a point where we can no longer 
refuse to recognize this problem or extend our efforts to correct it. We 
realize that all fraternities, including our own Grand Lodge, face this 
same problem but we have now reached a point where we can no longer 
tolerate the continued loss of around 1,000 members each year. Simple 
arithmetic places a dim view on horizon of our future existence. 

All jurisdictions do not suffer such heavy losses and there are many 
that report net gains in membership. A close examination of the suc- 
cessful jurisdictions will disclose some common practices which each 
employ. It has been my privilege to see some of these methods in 
action. Some of these common practices are: 

Active cooperation of the three York Rite bodies with unified pro- 
grams and projects. 

A District Deputy system (or called by other names such as Supt. 
of the work) which brings districts into a closer touch with their con- 
stituents where they operate under a greater authority to do so. Festivals 
which bring together large numbers of candidates are marked with 
much enthusiasm and publication potential. The presence of the titular 
heads of the bodies who issue dispensations to allow smooth functions 
of the festivals, and without the loss of any of the ancient landmarks 
of the craft, but at the same time provide a convenient means of pro- 
gressive promotion of the craft. 

I realize that it may seem difficult to approve, and accept changes 
but we can no longer operate our rite on its past laurels. The continued 
large net loss each year makes it imperative that we look to the future, 
and with God's help, provide a means by which our rite may continue 
and grow progressively. The future is in your hands — Companions. 
Do you have the courage to act?" 

NEW ZEALAND 

M. Ex. Comp. Colin Charles Whittleston, G.F.P. 
101 Chapters, 7,649 Members. 

The Eightieth Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of New Zealand was held in the Town Hall, Bank Street, 
Whangarei, March 9th, 1972. 

Their Jubilee Memorial Bursary Fund gave grants totalling a value 
of $2,355.00, also there is money available each year from a Scholarship 
account to assist deserving young people to further their education. 

There was some discussion re the increasing of the levy to the 
membership to offset the annual convocation travelling expenses which 
it seems is mostly by First Class rail 

There is a section towards the back of the Proceedings where they 
list the officers of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter from its 
establishment in 1882, from the First Grand Principal all through the 



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various officers. Also a list of all members of Grand Chapter who are 
at present entitled to stand as Grand Officers or Past Grand Officers. 

Under the heading of Condition of Royal Arch Masonry, we quote 
"M.E. Comp. H. L. Smith, P.G.Z., considered that some active steps 
should be taken following the various discussions — consideration should 
be taken of the social changes which are taking place particularly in 
country districts where there is often a decline in populations. The 
whole situation should be looked at over a much wider field and some 
active endeavour be carried out in the light of present conditions. 

R.E. Comp. J. P. Glenie, P.G. Lee, considered that it may be 
advantageous to have a lesser number of meetings each year. This 
suggestion was not favoured by several other speakers. The representa- 
tive of Victoria Chapter 4 recommended the view that efforts now being 
made to encourage Craft members to join should be actively followed." 

NORTH CAROLINA 

M. Ex. Comp. John H. Pierczynski, G.H.P. 
42 Chapters, 9,285 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fiftieth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina was held at Washington, North 
Carolina in the Red Men's Building, on March 7th, 1972. 

It is of interest to note in the Proceedings a page referred to as 
the Comparative Statement 1900 - 1971. In the 71 years it covers, they 
have experienced only 17 years in which the Grand Chanter reported a 
loss in membership, and since 1943 they have had only one year in 
which they had a loss and that was in 1969, and the loss was only 15. 
To me this seems to be ah outstanding record. 

They have, since their beginning, had something like 55 chapters 
which, as they say, have become defunct during their 150 years and only 
three chapters consolidated with other chapters. 

In the address of the Grand High Priest under the heading of 
State of the Craft, he reports and we quote: "The state of the Craft 
of North Carolina is not 100 % perfect, we have some encouraging signs. 
Some Chapters that have been inactive for a year or more have shown 
some signs of activity, having candidates at our State Area Festivals. 
I believe that more attention should be given these Chanters for greater 
achievements, by contacting with encouragement. Thirty-two of the 
subordinate Chapters represented at our last Grand Chapter Convocation 
with credentials. We would like to see, and I believe we should insist, 
on a one hundred percent representation. 

The Chapter exalted 514 Companions last year which means some 
work has been done. All chapters had filed reports with the Grand 
Secretary's Office with the exception of one, which had a death of the 
Secretary. The Grand Chapter shows a net gain of 249 at the present 
time; there may be some minor adjustments. 

I attribute this to the Unity Program advanced by our Past Grand 
Master of Masons which was carried forward by our Officers and 
Members on Local and State Levels." 



172 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

NORTH DAKOTA 

M. Ex. Comp. Virgil Higman Garwood, G.H.P. 

21 Chapters, 2,324 Members. 

The Eighty-third Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of North Dakota held in the Masonic Temple in Devils 
Lake, North Dakota, on March 17th and 18th, 1972. 

In the condition of the Craft it is reported "Membership declined 
again this past year. We find this trend reflected in the majority of 
Grand Jurisdictions. Not only are numbers declining, but enthusiasm 
is waning in several of our Chapters. 

Gone are so many of the ritualistic perfectionists who projected 
dignity and importance to the degrees. Too often less emphasis is being 
placed upon communicating the ideals of Royal Arch than on adding 
dues payers. Too few younger members are inclined to memorize the 
long parts and lectures. Modern trends accentuate brevity and abridge- 
ment. Unless Masonry adjusts to present day conciseness we will not 
bring into our membership those who seek the challenge of modern 
endeavors." 

One of several recommendations of which the Grand High Priest 
made was that a committee be appointed with instructions to proceed 
in revising their ritual complementry to present day adaption, and 
that their edition be presented to the 84th Grand Convocation for con- 
sideration. 

NOVA SCOTIA 

M. Ex. Comp. V. Rev. E. B. N. Cochrane, G.H.P. 

27 Chapters, 2,598 Members. 

The One Hundred and Second Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia (with jurisdiction over 
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) was held in 
Freemason's Hall, Halifax, on May 25, 1971. The Grand Chapter was 
called from labor to refreshment at 5:00 p.m. to resume labor in Bennett 
Hall, Corner Brook, Newfoundland at 7:00 p.m., N.D.T., July 16, 1971. 

In the report of the District Grand Superintendent of District 3, he 
writes "The matter of attendance and the reasons for non-attendance 
were very much in my thoughts. In fact to me it is a matter of great 
concern. For every occurrence, no matter of what nature, there has to 
be an answer. 

Could the answer be in part that we do not fully understand our 
Masonic Teaching? Do we simply repeat the ritual without gaining a 
true knowledge of the things therein contained and fail to pursue pur 
studies and seek the knowledge which comes to the speculative mind. 
Do we fully realize how ancient is our Craft and the great part it has 
played in human progress. Do we support the Church and do we fully 
realize that the Creator created all things and that man created nothing, 
but achieved his place in the world by applying knowledge and skill 
gained by the speculative mind to the things which the Creator created 
in the beginning." 

It is interesting in regards to this Grand Chapter that it is com- 
posed of three provinces of Canada, namely Nova Scotia, Prince Edward 



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Island and Newfoundland, so in the same vein it would follow that the 
miles travelled by the Grand Chapter Officers in the discharge of some 
of their duties must accumulate at quite a fast pace. 

NOVA SCOTIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Mark Beatson Davis, G.H.P. 

27 Chapters, 2,545 Members. 

The One Hundred and Third Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia (with jurisdiction over 
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) was held in the 
Freemason's Hall, Halifax, May 6th, 1972. 

It is interesting to note that the Grand Secretary is this year, the 
Grand Master of Masons for Nova Scotia, R. Ex. Comp. E. L. Eaton. 

Under the heading of "General" in the address of the Grand High 
Priest, he has written "Speaking of Free Masonry in general — although 
you may have heard it said many times that Masonry is waning, yet 
among the faithful there is no need for complacency. We all believe 
that Craft and Royal Arch Masonry must have continuous growth, 
therefore it is incumbent on our part, for the benefit of our Royal Arch, 
that each and every one of us spread the gospel of Capitular Free 
Masonry. To encourage this dispensation of further light, we must get 
through to the Master Mason, explaining to him the further advantages 
of Masonic education he will receive, when he partakes of the Capitular 
Degrees within the framework of the Holy Royal Arch. 

How can we accomplish this? 

By social communication and friendly approach to the young 
Master Mason, by having Masonic get-togethers, and by asking some 
Companion (preferably older than himself) to enlighten him as to the 
significance of the Holy Royal Arch and its connection with his former 
Degrees. 

Free Masonry will still survive despite the changing times in which 
we live. Down through the ages, Free Masonry has given and still 
presents today STABILITY to a torn and distressed world. 

The Grand Chapter is experiencing some financial difficulties this 
year due to many increased expenses, such as, increase in postal rates, 
income from constituent chapters down, printing bills paid since the 
beginning of the year increased by 14%. Four suggestions have been 
considered by the Board of General Purposes, none of which was fully 
acceptable. (1) Take more money from the Benevolent Fund; (2) 
Reduce or cancel the allowances of the principal officers; (3) Amend 
the constitution to cut in half the money going to the Benevolent Fund 
and put this much more in the general funds; (4) Increase the dues. 

The last two of these suggestions will come before Grand Chapter 
in formal motions. 

OHIO 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles E. Canfield, G.H.P. 

215 Chapters, 57,080 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand 



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Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio was held in the 
Masonic Temple in Akron, Ohio, on October 6 and 7, 1971. 

The Grand Chapter is one of the larger ones from the number of 
members as well as number of chapters. Consequently they have many 
committees with each giving a report on their particular activity, so 
we will endeavour to report on items which we feel will be of interest 
to our members. 

In the Annual Report of the Grand High Priest we quote: "One 
hundred and fifty-five years have passed since this Grand Chapter was 
organized on October 28, 1816. It has survived wars, rumors of wars, 
economic revolution and political persecution. Many governments 
known in 1816 are not in existence today. Several fraternal organiza- 
tions that flourished in that day, are no more. Truly we can say that 
this Grand Chapter is old because it is good. Certainly we have a great 
heritage." 

"In conclusion, permit me to state that the high and noble princi- 
ples of Freemasonry need to be exercised more today than ever before, 
if the great work of elevating our institution is to continue. The credit 
of the order in the eyes of the public depends more on the conduct and 
acts of individual members than the conduct of the institution as such. 
The general public does not read Masonic books, but they do read you 
and me. 

There is nothing wrong with Freemasonry, nothing at all, it is a 
moral rearmament, a practical approach to social brotherhood in a 
technology that is dominating society today. It is a brilliant ray of 
faith and hope extending peace and love to a turbulent, frustrated and 
bewildered' world of men who have lost their sense of eternal values in 
darkness that will not permit the light of God to penetrate and guide 
them in paths of immortality. 

Freemasonry will grow and prosper in the fields of human endeavor, 
providing enlightened and inspired leadership extends its ennobling 
influences to all its members from E.A. on, unafraid of what men may 
say or do, for our motivations should be above ridicule and criticism. 
If our membership finds it in their hearts and consciences to please 
God, what else is of consequence." 

Report of the Committee on Masonic Education — "It is noted, that 
greater effort and support is needed from the High Priests to improve 
the educational program in the Constituent Chapter. Each High Priest 
should appoint an Education Officer, allot time, and suggest programs 
for the Education Officer to present during the Capitular year. 

Research is being made in the area of Leadership Training Schools 
and Teacher Training Schools. It is hoped that in the near future 
these schools will be available to all Royal Arch Masons. A manual for 
District Deputies is also being researched." 

Report of the Membership Development Committee — "Companions, 
"EXALTATIONS" continues to be the name of the game however 
Suspensions must also be curbed and Withdrawals, for other than 
affiliation with another chapter, should be discouraged. In this regard, 
for whatever benefit may be realized, suggestions for membership 
development and retaining those already on our rolls have been distri- 
buted to each chapter. The individual approach, in the interest of secur- 
ing petitions as well as the manner of keeping our memberships intact, 
is incidental. It is the effort which counts. 



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The Committee is of the opinion that something less than all out 
effort is being expended and perhaps some of our Secretaries and/or 
Welfare Committees may not be functioning to the fullest extent. It 
is suggested that each Companion take an inventory of his own efforts 
and each Chapter survey the accomplishments of its Secretary and 
Welfare Committee. The results are for your determination." 

Report of the Awards Committee — "Your Committee, having heard 
no objection from the procedure followed last year in the awarding of 
the Certificates by the Grand Chapter for: 

1. Most Outstanding Chapter in each District. 

2. Most Improved Chapter in each District to be awarded at the 
Grand Convocation, and 

The Certificate awards to be presented at the local, District or 
Regional Level by the District Deputy Grand High Priest or his repre- 
sentative for: 

1. Outstanding High Priest in each District. 

2. Sojourner Award (best attendance at Inspections). 

3. District Workhorse Award 

and Awards Committee continued the same procedure for this past 
year. 

Your committee is deeply grateful to the Companions so honored 
and to the Chapters for their untiring efforts on behalf of Grand 
Chapter of Ohio. We only wish that next year we can make awards in 
each District." 

PENNSYLVANIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Evans, G.H.P. 
145 Chapters, 33,116 Members. 

There not being an Annual Convocation as such by the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Pennsylvania, the Proceedings covering 
the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth year will be reported as along 
previous lines. 

This particular year there were 4 meetings held during the year; 
First at Masonic Temple, Harrisburg Pa., March 13, 1971; Second — 
Masonic Temple, Johnston, Pa., June 12, 1971; Third — Masonic Temple, 
Towanda, Pa., September 11, 1971; Fourth at Masonic Temple, Phila- 
delphia, Pa., December 2, 1971. 

Two hundred and eight-eight certificates were awarded to Com- 
panions in recognition of their faithful membership as Royal Arch 
Masons during the past year as fifty year members. 

The Grand High Priest of Pennsylvania along with the other officers 
of the Grand East hold office for a two year period. 

In the Grand High Priest's speech under the heading of "Member- 
ship" he states and we quote: "The most important integral part of 
any organization is the membership. Grand Chapter is no exception. 
New members are required to replace those no longer with us, and I am 
sorry to state that securing the required number of replacements, we 
are again showing a loss as indicated by the Membership Committee 



176 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

report. Several areas are showing a gain, but many Chapters are lag- 
ging. We had hoped that the three Special Events scheduled — The 
Quarry degree in the West, the Quarry degree in the East, and the 
Scottish York Rite Conclave at Williamsport would reverse the steady 
erosion of our membership. These special events were most successful 
but did not prevent a loss in membership again. Our sincere apprecia- 
tion to all who assisted in promoting and arranging these affairs. Mem- 
bership is the one Committee in which all Companions should have a 
special interest in, and the loss of membership has to be attributed to 
the lack of effort on the part of our Companions in securing petitions. 
Too much dependence is placed on one or two in each Chapter, where 
success is dependent on a concerted effort by all." 

PHILIPPINES 

M. Ex. Comp. Leandro F. Cruz, G.H.P. 

1,241 Members. 

The Nineteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of the Republic of the Philippines was held in the Jose 
Abad Santos Hall, Plaridel Masonic Tempie, in the City of Manila on 
April 30, 1971. 

There was nowhere in the Proceedings that we could find the num- 
ber of Chapters, but in the report of the Grand Secretary we read "The 
number and locations of Chapters are the same as recorded in our 
proceedings of last year." Unfortunately, we did not receive a copy of 
last year's proceedings from the Grand Chapter of the Philippines. 

In the Response to the Address of Welcome to Grand Representa- 
tives by Ex. Comp. Raymond E. Wilmarth, he gave a most interesting 
and thought provoking address and I quote: "Ihere is a great need in 
the world today for Masonic unity — Royal Arch Masonic unity in par- 
ticular. Although the world has always been in a constant state of 
change to which men have accommodated themselves in the past, the jet 
propelled acceleration of change in the past decade has reached a rate 
beyond the accommodation of man. As a result, the social structure 
of mankind is being torn apart into shreds. 

The Universe has always been and always will be. It is the 
Universe of an infinite Creator. Within God's Universe worlds will 
continue, despite the wildest changes of man. In the vacuum left by 
change, new social structures will evolve. There will be new principles 
to guide the future generations of man. There will be untried, undefined 
experiments in cultures, moralities, and governments. 

The tenets of Masonry can not change, if Masonry is to remain 
Masonry. It is not within the power or authority of any man to depart 
from these. Therefore, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, IS IT NOT 
THE DUTY OF MASONRY, PERHAPS EVEN THE DIVINELY IN- 
SPIRED DESTINY OF MASONRY TO BE THE KEYSTONE IN THE 
ARCH THAT SPANS THE GATEWAY OF TRANSITION FROM THE 
PAST TO THE FUTURE? Can it be that the Brotherhood and Man 
under the Fatherhood of God will be the point in the centre of the circle 
of time at which there can be no error between God and Man? Could 
it be our ordained future to maintain thru the tenets of our Order, the 
Cabletow that will bind man to his God, no matter how far he may 
stray from that centre? 

These are but a few of the countless number of questions to be 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 177 

answered — which should be answered by Masons — which should be 
answered by Companions of the Holy Royal Arch. The Questions are 
enormous in scope. The answers must come not from a few, but from 
many. But not the many who are motivated by divergent aims and 
purposes. The answers must come from the many who are united in a 
common aim and for a common purpose, THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF 
THE GRAND DESIGN. The answers must come from a united Holy 
Royal Arch Masonry." 

QUEBEC 

M. Ex. Comp. G. R. Lessard, G.F.P. 

26 Chapters, 2,768 Members. 

The Ninety-fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Quebec was held in the Masonic Memorial Temple 
in the City of Montreal on June 2, 1971. 

The Grand Chapter of Quebec noted with pleasure the establishment 
of Chapters of De Molay and has lent its support in tangible ways. In 
the address of the Grand First Principal, I quote: "Our society seems 
to be confused in many ways. Disturbances are seen everywhere. 
Distrust seems to be the approach to our problems and lawlessness 
abounds. The young seem to be prominent in those activities and do 
not seem to care. But let us not be mistaken. There are hosts of young 
people who are undecided about the ideal way of life. They have not 
as yet taken to the streets for demonstrations, or should I say that they 
have not as yet been brainwashed by demigogues who would control 
their thinking for selfish ends. Those young people are the ones that 
you and I must be concerned with and teach to live according to the 
principles that we believe in. I sincerely believe that the answers to 
many of the problems of today will be found in the teachings and 
practice of Masonry. It is a challenge that Masons cannot afford to 
pass by. It is time for Masons to let others know that we are against 
lawlessness, cruelty, murder, selfishness, atheism and so on, and on the 
contrary that we support friendliness, sympathy for people in sorrow, 
kindness, charity for people in need and many of the virtues that we 
find in our various degrees. We must make strong efforts to reach 
the young people for they are the ones who very shortly will be the 
directors of the world. The way they will govern will depend on the 
teachings they have received. Let us then be their Teachers." 

The Report of the Grand Scribe Ezra states "It is preposterously 
stupid for any organization to attempt, in 1971, to budget on a 1940 
basis. Economy is always good business — penny pinching is always 
contemptible. To cut our coat according to our cloth is wise, but 
growth, expansion and the demands of changing conditions can make it 
necessary to increase the quantity of our cloth if we are to have a coat 
ample enough to cover our nakedness. Our fraternity for too long has 
been content to 'make do' with wornout equipment and furniture, with 
voluntary assistance, with slave labour, all to save us from putting our 
hands in our pocket and parting with some of those extra dollars which 
have come to us as individuals by reason of the inflated national 
economy. Our charitable projects are virtually non-existent. Ancient 
principles and established customs are hidden behind a camouflage of 
old fashioned ideas and worn out methods. To maintain in this day the 
status quo of 75 years ago is to court certain disaster. We MUST 
increase our income and our outgo." 



178 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

QUEBEC 

M. Ex. Comp. Bernie Wolfe, G.F.P. 
26 Chapters, 2,715 Members. 

The Ninety-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Quebec was held in the Masonic Memorial Temple in 
Montreal on Wednesday, May 31, 1972. 

The Grand Jurisdiction of Quebec is divided into five districts with 
a Superintendent to oversee their respective districts and report at 
the end of their year to the Grand First Principal re the condition, etc. 
of Capitular Masonry in their district. In the proceedings each Superin- 
tendent submitted a very comprehensive report regarding their respon- 
sibilities during the year. 

The Grand Scribe Ezra reports "The past year has been an active 
one in Grand Chapter under the co-operative leadership of our Grand 
First Principal. The results of his leadership will have an impact on 
all constituent chapters. It has been a personal pleasure to work with 
and for him. I regret more strongly than ever that we discarded the 
custom of a second term. It is a criminal waste of business ability and 
acumen to change Executive Officers just as they reach the peak of 
their usefulness in Capitular Masonry." 

The General Purpose Committee had four statutory meetings during 
the year at which many items were discussed, one of which was that 
a committee was to be formed to develop plans for the Celebration 
of their 100th Anniversary in 1976. 

The Committee on the State of the Order made their report which 
contained several very good suggestions to stop the present erosion of 
Capitular Masonry in their Grand Jurisdiction and to stimulate interest 
and to rejuvenate the Chapters. 

QUEENSLAND 

M. Ex. Comp. F. H. Shannon, G.F.P. 

140 Chapters, 7,931 Members. 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Queensland held the 
Annual Convocation in the Grand Hall of the Masonic Memorial Temple, 
Ann St., Bribane, on Wednesday, October 6th, 1971. 

Besides the Annual Convocation, there were two regular convoca- 
tions held in Brisbane, one on April 8, 1971, and the other on April 6, 
1972. 

This Grand Chapter presents fifty year jewels to the members as is 
the usual custom, but they also present forty year jewels. 

The Report of the Board of Benevolence reports having given 
assistance to a family of a Companion who had lost his life in an auto 
accident, also assistance was given to eight widows during the year. 

We read in the Proceedings about a building fund, also a Benevolent 
Fund, both of which show an increase over the previous year. 

We find in reading the Statement of Receipts and Disbursements 
for the year, a disbursement referred to as Air Fares. 



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RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATION 

M. Ex. Comp. Lester S. Hopkins, G.H.P. 
15 Chapters, 3,283 Members. 

The One Hundred and Seventy-fifth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Rhode Island and Providence 
Plantations was held in the Freemasons Hall in Providence, Rhode 
Island, on Saturday, March 25, 1972. 

We quote a portion of the Report of the Jurisprudence Committee. 
"We note three changes in Subordinate Chapter By-laws as submitted 
to the By-laws Committee and meet with our approval. However, the 
change in By-laws by Gibbs Chapter #13, by reducing the Stated Convo- 
cations to five during each year would appear to be a step in the wrong 
direction." 

It is of interest to note that a Grand Chapter which does not have 
a large membership, a total of 88 Fifty Year members were honoured 
this year. 

Instead of having District Deputy Grand High Priests in this 
Grand jurisdiction the Grand line officers represent the Grand High 
Priest and submit their reports concerning the district which they are 
called upon to oversee. 

The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Rhode Island was asked to 
speak and we quote a portion of his remarks. "There is much unrest 
around us, particularly in our youth; yet, if we could convince them we 
have what they are looking for — brotherly love, honesty and respect. 
He said we need to do something soulsearching; are we living as Master 
Masons ? He referred to the lessons in Freemasonry. We owe it to our 
families and to our Lodge to display true brotherly affection, and to 
interest DeMolay Boys by example." 

SASKATCHEWAN 

M. Ex. Comp. W. Birrell Motion, G.Z. 

28 Chapters, 2,835 Members. 

The Forty-eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan was held in the Hotel Saskatche- 
wan, Regina, on May 28 and 29, 1971. 

In the Report of the Condition of Capitular Masonry, the Committee 
writes: "It appears timely to examine our relationship with the local 
community, the country, and our International ties. 

While it is essentially basic to the Craft Lodge to maintain and 
develop continuing Masonic membership, we should also examine Royal 
Arch relationship with the well educated young executive, the inde- 
pendent farmer, and the young professional man, etc., who will shape 
the destiny of our great country and our fraternal future within this 
great country." 

He goes on to say "our overall loss of 75 in membership during the 
year under review is in line with trends across Canada and North 
America. The larges cities show the biggest losses (many through 
n.p.d. and withdrawals) despite population growth and the general influx 



180 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

to the cities. Smaller cities seem to have healthier chapters, with 
rural areas fluctuating according to local conditions. 

It would appear that the only general statement appropriate is that 
where there is dynamic leadership, there is progress. Where leadership 
is mediocre, so is the result. Poor leadership, now as always before, is 
disastrous." 

SASKATCHEWAN 

M. Ex. Comp. Roger H. Strumm, G.F.P. 

28 Chapters, 2,793 Members. 

The Forty-ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan was convened in the Masonic 
Temple, in Moose Jaw, on Friday, May 26th, 1972. 

The Grand First Principal made many visits throughout the 
province during his term of office, but there are two visits he made 
which we find interesting and also an indication of his devotion to the 
office. 

On January 13, 1972, accompanied by another Grand Chapter 
officer, the Grand First Principal made a visit to Melville. It was 
40° below zero on that date. Unfortunately, there were not sufficient 
members to hold a meeting. 

On December 16, 1971, he attended Installation Ceremonies at 
Hudson Bay Chapter No. 30. To be present he travelled by C.N. Rail- 
liner twenty minutes behind a snow-plow all the way. The temperature 
was 25° below zero. 

On June 26, 1971, prior to the commencement of the District 
Meetings, a District Superintendent's Training session was held in 
Regina. All District Superintendents but one was in attendance. The 
Grand Registrar was asked to attend in case his services might be 
required during the term. 

One of the appointments made by the Grand First Principal during 
his term was to set up a committee in making arrangements for cele- 
brating their Fiftieth Anniversary in 1973. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

M. Ex. Comp. Robert F. Secrest, G.H.P. 

33 Chapters, 9,037 Members. 

The One Hundred and Sixty-first Annual Convocation of the Most 
Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina was held in 
the Deauville Room of the Town House Motor Inn, in Columbia, South 
Carolina, on Tuesday, March 14, 1972. 

It is a pleasure to report that for the thirtieth year a substantial 
gain in membership has been effected due mainly to the continued 
efforts of each Companion and subordinate Chapter. Of the thirty- 
three chapters on the roll of the Grand Chapter of South Carolina, 
three had ten percent gains and were eligible to receive certificates. 

In one Resolution presented to the Annual Convocation, it states, 
"Your Finance Committee is facing a dilemma which grows worse each 



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year in trying to prepare a realistic budget on an income based on the 
same per capita dues which have been in effect since 1872. 

THEREFORE, Be it Resolved, that the per capita dues from the 
constituent Chapters be increased from $1.00 to $1.50 per annum." 

THE BERGEN RING 

"The Bergen ring, now 101 years old, was passed on by M. Ex. 
Comp Secrest to Comp. Alewine, newly elected Grand High Priest, to 
wear during his term as Grand High Priest as is the custom." 

In the report of the Jurisprudence Committee we quote "We 
recommend the disapproval of Recommendation No. 8 of the Most 
Excellent Grand High Priest. We do not feel that a special committee 
on education is needed at this time. We believe that the desired purpose 
can be obtained by proper use of the Grand Chapter Officers, espece- 
cially the District Deputy Grand High Priests." 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

M. Ex. Comp. George B. Smith, G.H.P. 
30 Chapters, 3,424 Members. 

The Eighty-second Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota was held in the Masonic Temple 
at Pierre, South Dakota, on September 28th and 29th, 1971. 

A York Rite Picnic was held in Pierre on July 18, 1971. They 
had many Grand Officers in attendance, which was well attended, and 
the Pierre Companions were the hosts for the picnic. 

The Grand High Priest, during his term of office, injured his 
right arm which resulted in major surgery. This unfortunately cur- 
tailed his activities somewhat, but the Grand King and Grand Scribe 
filled in for him on several occasions which the Grand High Priest 
thanked most sincerely in his address. 

From the Grand High Priest's address regarding Religious Affir- 
mation Day we quote "It is my firm belief that the observance of this 
day is becoming more and more important. Too often Masonry is 
accused, in one degree or another, of taking the place of the Church. 
We know this is untrue; but does the general public? Let our light so 
shine before men that they might see our good works, if I may again 
paraphrase. 

I urgently request, that wherever possible, we should observe this 
day in a body clothed in our aprons. Our Grand Chaplain has been 
notifying all Chapters of this event well in advance and I sincerely 
hope that all chapters in the state will observe this important occasion." 

Also we quote a portion of the conclusion of his speech. "I wish 
to close my report with the words of a famous man who said, "I am 
of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as 
long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatsoever I can. I want 
to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more 
I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' for me. 
It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and 
I want it to burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the 
future generation." 



182 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER OF SCOTLAND 

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, D.L., J.P., M.A. 

We find it almost impossible to give a report of the proceedings 
of the Grand Chapter of Scotland from what literature we have re- 
ceived, because it is the Roll of Grand Office-Bearers, Grand Superin- 
tendents, Grand Representatives, Supreme Committee, Principals of 
Chapters plus a small booklet titled "Abstract of Accounts". 

Unfortunately we received nothing in regards to a Proceeding with 
reports of the different committees in it. 

TENNESSEE 

M. Ex. Comp. Hulbert Gordon Higgs, G.H.P. 
83 Chapters, 17,037 Members. 

The One Hundred and Forty-third Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee was held in the Grand 
Lodge Building, Nashville, on March 20, 1972. 

An interesting portion of the proceedings was that the Grand High 
Priest presented to the Grand Chapter a plaque on which were mounted 
the pennies of the Chapters of this Grand Chapter. 

The report of the Committee on Royal Arch Advancement states 

"We, your Committee on the Advancement of Royal Arch Masonry, 
submit the following report: 

We are hapny to report a net gain of 153 for the year, 1971, the 
largest since 1960. There is no question in our minds that we are 
headed in the right direction. I think we should all look back over last 
year and see where we can improve in order to enjoy a better year in 
1972. 

We congratulate our Grand High Priest and his corps of officers 
on an excellent administration. We also commend those Chapters who 
had a net gain and contributed so much to a successful year. We would 
like to urge those Chapters who had a net loss to work just a little 
harder. 

We commend the York Rite Associations for the fine work they 
have accomplished at their festivals. Your Committee is heartily in 
favor of and strongly endorses festivals but at the same time we would 
be remiss if we did not speak a word of caution. We must not get to a 
place where all work is done at these festivals. Our Degree Teams are 
not performing as they should in most Chapters, and we must improve 
in this area. 

We would like to encourage the High Priests to conduct a program 
in their Chanters which will encourage more members to be active and 
take part. Each Chapter can decide which type of program would best 
suit their needs. 

We commend Companion John R. Stracener on the splendid schools 
of instruction which he has held throughout the state, and our Chapters 
should take full advantage of these schools and carry the program 
further in each individual Chapter. An informed Mason is an interested 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 183 

Mason, and it is the duty of each chapter to dispense light and knowledge 
to the less informed companions." 

We would like to quote one paragraph from the address of the 
Grand High Priest. "January 21st and 22nd of this year I attended the 
Southeastern Region York Rite Conference at Birmingham, Alabama. 
Companion Obrecht, our Grand Scribe and Companion Douglas and 
myself attended the Grand Chapter work sessions, where we learned the 
Southeastern Region, composed of the Statees of Alabama, Florida, 
Georgia, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ten- 
nessee, is one of the most active sections of the Fraternity and the only 
one showing net gains year after year." 

It is felt that the continued growth in membership is due in no 
small measure to the York Rite Festivals and it is noted with pleasure 
that 138 new Companions were exalted at the 1971 Festivals; and that 
the Grand High Priest recommends the continuation and enlarging of 
the Festivals. 

TEXAS 

M. Ex. Comp. N. B. Gafford, G.H.P. 

215 Chapters, 40,435 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-second Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas was held in the ground floor 
Auditorium of the Masonic Grand Lodge Memorial Temple in the City 
of Waco, Monday and Tuesday, November 29th and 30th, 1971. 

The Grand Chapter of Texas during the past year had numerous 
Companions who have spent fifty years in the quarries of Capitular 
Masonry and as such were presented with a gold lapel pin and a wallet 
size card to set them apart and have been granted freedom from assess- 
ment of dues. 

Financial as well as other assistance was given by the Grand 
Chapter to the 11,000 De Molay boys of Texas. 

It is the hope of this Grand Chapter that with the development of 
a speakers bureau that they will be able to supply qualified speakers to 
assist in any part of the State. 

It is our pleasure to report in regards to the Home for Aged 
Masons which was erected, endowed and maintained by the Royal Arch 
Masons of Texas, that the property is valued at over five and a half 
million dollars. They have a three million dollar endowment. They 
have just recently completed over a half million dollars worth of im- 
provements and there are 114 residents enjoying the beauties of Free- 
masonry. 

In conclusion, we would like to quote a portion of the Grand 
Orator's Address: "My friends, there comes a time in the life of all of 
us when it seems that no one can be depended upon and we are left 
entirely to our own resources. The lessons of life fitly illustrated such 
a condition. 

Upon reflection you will doubtless remember that among the first 
things brought to your attention in your life was this old Book, and you 
were told that it alone was to be the rule and guide to your faith and 
practice. At each succeeding step in your advancement in life you have 
been reminded that it would guide you to all truth, direct your path 



184 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA PROCEEDINGS 

to the Temple of Happiness and point out to you the whole duty of man. 
And now at this most auspicious hour, while surrounded by those 
who take you by the hand as a Brother, and in whose every heart you 
can have no doubt of a sincere wish for your future happiness, let me 
impress upon your mind in the most lasting and substantial manner 
possible, that this Book contains the mind of God, the state of man, 
the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. 
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, 
and its decisions are immutable. 

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. 
It will furnish light to guide you, strength to support you and comfort 
to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the oilgrim's staff, the pilot's 
compass, the Mason's light and the Christian charter. Through it 
Heaven is opened, paradise restored, and the gates of hell disclosed. 
The Messiah is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of 
God its end. 

Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. If you will obey its pre- 
cepts it will be to you a river of pleasure, a mine of wealth and a 
paradise of glory. 

It is furnished you in life to prepare you for the judgment, and 
as you choose, so shall your destiny be. In prosperity or adversity, 
may you never forget it; then, when Death's cold winds shall blow 
around you, and its icy dew shall gather on your forehead you can drop 
to sleep with the sweet assurance that when the awakening comes, you 
will be pronounced a just and upright Christian by the Supreme Grand 
Master above, who has furnished you this means of salvation and has 
written your destiny between its lines." 

UTAH 

M. Ex. Comp. Ernest A. Lyon, G.H.P. 

7 Chapters, 1,146 Members. 

The Sixty-first Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Utah was held at Price, Utah, on Monday, May 8th, 
1972. 

On October 2, 1971, the Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons of 
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah met in Page, Arizona, for 
the purpose of conferring the Capitular Degrees upon candidates from 
the four Grand jurisdictions. This is referred to as Four Corners Royal 
Arch Festival. 

The Grand Chapter of Utah prefers that each chapter in the juris- 
diction hold a Royal Arch Day in a church in their area at which the 
members and their families may attend. 

M. Ex. Companion Frederich W. Jones representing the Grand High 
Priest of California was asked to say a few words and we quote "He 
said that he didn't have much in comments, but last Sunday he attended 
a church meeting and the minister was a bit facetious and he quoted a 
lot of things that I am not going to repeat. The thought that came to 
my mind was that you and I have a faith. We have something to cling 
to, to talk about, and to demonstrate, but the young people are pretty 
darned tired of having somebody give them what the speaker thinks 
they want to hear. It is my opinion that they want something to cling 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 185 

to, something to follow. They want mental and spiritual leadership. 
That is our job, no matter how old we are or how young we are. As 
Masons we should be dedicated. We should talk hope and faith and 
demonstrate our own hope and faith.' 

VERMONT 

Most Ex. Comp. Harold W. Davis, G.H.P. 

26 Chapters, 3,218 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Vermont was held in the 
Ramada Inn in the City of Burlington on Tuesday, the 8th of June, 1971. 

In the portion of the Grand High Priest's address entitled State 
of the Rite we report "I wish I could report to you that the Rite is in 
fine shape but that would be far from the truth. 

The Grand Secretary's report shows a net loss in membership of 
112. The situation appears to become more serious each year. To 
date we have not been able to get enough candidates to offset our 
losses. Many ideas have been tried and much hard work expended with 
little change in net results. 

I think one clue to the situation is some sort of training for those 
people soliciting candidates so they may present a better image of what 
we have to offer." 

We also noticed that in this Grand Chapter, they have listed 
Chapters by Districts and also a Roster of Subordinate Chapters which 
include the officers as well as all the members. This is sometimes done 
in Grand jurisdictions that do not have large membership. 

VERMONT 

M. Ex. Comp. Waldron C. Biggs, G.H.P. 

26 Chapters, 3,146 Members. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Vermont was held in the Ramada 
Inn in the City of Burlington, on Tuesday, June 13th, 1972. 

Of the 26 Chanters, eight show no work at all as compared with 
seven last year. The majority of the remaining eighteen chapters had 
considerable activity. One chapter shows the longest net membership 
gain with a figure of eleven. 

The Grand Chapter Plaque for the ensuing year goes to the Chapter 
which shows the highest net membership gain in its annual report. 

The Report of the Committee on Necrology ends with an interesting 
short poem and we reprint it here for your reading. 

"Tis the human touch in this world that counts, 
The touch of your hand and mine, 
Which means far mere to the fainting heart 
Than shelter and bread and wine: 
For shelter is gone when the night is o'er, 
And bread lasts only a day, 

But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice 
Shine on in the soul always." 



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VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) 

M.E.M. Comp. C. R. Nichols, C.M.G., O.B.E., F.G.P. 

114 Chapters, 9,280 Members. 

The 313, 314, 315, and 316 Quarterly Convocations of the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of Victoria was held at the Masonic Centre, Melbourne, 
on Wednesday, April 15, 1970; Wednesday, July 15, 1970; Wednesday, 
October 21, 1970, and Wednesday, January 20, 1971. 

At each of the quarterly Convocations, a Communication or address 
from the M. Em. First Grand Principal was presented and in the 313 
quarterly Convocation, the First Grand Principal, in his communication, 
remarks: "On February 21st, for the first time in the history of the 
Grand Chapter of Victoria, a conference of Scribes was held. It was 
very heartening to have the attendance of so many Scribes, especially 
from the Chapters outside the Metropolitan area. Many and varied 
subjects dealing with the administration of chapters were dealt with. 
A transcript of proceedings is in the course of preparation and will be 
forwarded to chapters in due course". And in the Quarterly Convocation 
of Wednesday, July 15, in his communication, he states in part: 
"Masonic education may be divided into three phases: ritualistic, philoso- 
phical and historical. The Companion who knows Masonic Ritual has 
learned much of Masonry, but unless he has studied its philosophy and 
becomes familiar with its history, he has missed much of its significance 
not to speak of its beauty and intriguing interest." 

"The more we can learn about the art, the better we shall be 
enabled to apply it to our daily living, and progress towards the 
acquisition of Wisdom. Learning is not knowledge, and knowledge is 
not necessarily Wisdom. Wisdom is the true application of knowledge. 
I quote from the writings of a learned Freemason. 'Only a very limited 
portion of wisdom is obtainable by man. If we could approach some- 
where near a full measure of wisdom we should not be so concerned 
about elusive earthly benefits. Every individual Mason must be con- 
scious, if he only stops to think, that this life is but a transitory stage 
after all, and yet, such is human frailty, we are far more concerned with 
the illusions of the transitory stage than with the great realities which 
live beyond. We are all in need of Wisdom." 

VICTORIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Roy Nichols, G.Z. 

114 Chapters, 8,964 Members. 

Once again we report that the Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 
meets in Quarterly Convocations in the Masonic Centre in Melbourne 
on April 21, July 21, October 20 and January 19, 1972. 

At the quarterly convocation on April 21st, from the Communica- 
tion from the First Grand Principal to the companions, he writes "I would 
also draw attention to the valued contributions of those Companions 
who serve on the Committee of General Purposes, and other Committees. 
In addition to financial and normal administration items, other matters 
that come to mind as having been dealt with over the past two years are: 
the re-definition of metropolitan boundaries, amendments to dress, con- 
ference of Scribes with the consequent circulation of the report thereon, 
preparation of lectures, organising lecturers, and a circular with sug- 
gestions for the consideration of First Principals of private Chapters. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 187 

All the matters dealt with by the members of the various committees 
are of great value in the structure of Royal Arch Freemasonry in 
Victoria." 

Towards the conclusion of the first quarterly Convocation the 
installation ceremony conducted with R. Em. Comp. Robert Money, 
P.G.H., being- installed into the high office of First Grand Principal of 
the Grand Chapter of Victoria. 

At one of the many Chapter installations which the Grand Chapter 
officers assist in, The Grand First Principal is usually asked to speak, 
if present, so naturally at the Preston Chapter Installation on Novem- 
ber 23rd, he was asked to speak and here we quote part of this address 
to the Companions. 

"Throughout our Masonic Ceremonies we are constantly enjoined to 
do good to each other of course but also to extend our thoughts and 
actions to ALL. This is indicative of an "extended" Brotherhood of MAN 
rather than the restricted interpretation of the Brotherhood of Masons. 

It is a refreshing thing to find that wherever I go in Masonry, be 
it in the City or County, be it among Brethren, Worshipful Brethren, 
Companions or Grand Officers, there are . men and Masons extending 
comfort, support and service in Community, Church or Charitable pro- 
jects beyond the bounds of identified Freemasonry. These Brethren are 
practising as well as professing our principles and tenets. They prove 
that, for them, Masonry has no bounds. 

We must never forget that only amongst ourselves do we stand as 
Freemasons. In the world at large we stand as Men generally known 
to be Freemasons. Masonry therefore is not judged by Masons but by 
Men. Masonry is proclaimed good or bad by what we DO rather than 
by what we learn. We are warned not to bring Religion and Politics 
into Freemasonry. We are however not expected to be irreligious or 
non-political. On the contrary we express belief in GOD and are en- 
joined to do our public duty. 

Therefore although we may not bring Religion and Politics into 
Freemasonry there is nothing to prevent us bringing our high Masonic 
principles into Religion and Politics. If we do so it will lend Religion 
a broader rather than a restrictive denominational signifcance and 
give to Politics some of the sweet reason and faith of Freemasonry." 

VIRGINIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Archie E. Wilkinson Jr., G.H.P. 

80 Chapters, 16,407 Members. 

The One Hundred and Sixty-fourth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the Commonwealth of Virginia 
was held in the Masonic Temple, in the City of Richmond, on October 
26 and 27, 1971. 

Since October 28, 1964, this Grand Chapter has been working on 
a per capita tax fixed at $1.25 per member, but a resolution was put 
forward that the per capita tax be increased to $2.00 per member and 
that a sum equal to twenty-five cents per member based on membership 
statistics be donated on an annual basis for benevolent or philanthropic 
purposes. 

In the Report of the Grand High Priest we quote from a portion 
under the heading of State of the Craft. 

"I find the state of the craft in the state is not, on the whole, what 



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it should be. In some parts of the state it is flourishing because the 
interest and enthusiasm is high. Due to a lack of interest in other 
areas, the Chapters are dragging along with the same officers that they 
have had for years and the Chapters are on the decline. In areas where 
there is enthusiasm and a lot of action going on, the Chapters are 
picking up all the time. There is a need for interest and enthusiasm 
on the part of the old members in order to attract new members and 
some young men to carry on as age takes its toll within our ranks. 

It would behoove the Chapters that are dragging along to look into 
the activities of those Chapters which are flourishing and perhaps they 
could pick up a few pointers on the kind of activities which draw the 
members together and help them add to their membership. In this day 
and time we must fight apathy. As I said in my remarks when I was 
elected, you never hear anyone say, "Let's go where the apathy is." 
Apathy is contagious, but on the other hand, so is enthusiasm. No 
one can create this enthusiasm but the old members. 

We will show a net loss for this year. This shows that in many 
parts of the Commonwealth we lack enthusiasm. If this one ingredient 
can be injected, we will find a great improvement in our membership." 

WASHINGTON 

Most Ex. Comp. William E. Scheele, G.H.P. 

54 Chapters, 6,497 Members. 

The Eighty-seventh Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Washington was held at Seattle, on Thursday 
and Friday, May 20-21, 1971. 

It is a pleasure to report that the International Night, an annual 
get-together of companions and ladies from both sides of our Interna- 
tional Border to promote fraternal relationships between these two Grand 
Bodies under the auspices of the Grand Chapters of Washington and 
British Columbia has been observed since 1958 and is becoming in- 
creasingly popular. 

Not all the Grand Chapters of which we exchange correspondence 
and proceedings with have what is referred to as Grand Orator, but 
the ones that have most often in their address to the Grand ChaRter 
have a wealth of information and much food for thought in their talk, 
and it is from this address that I would like to make a few quotes: 

"Most Excellent Grand High Priest and Companions, as I con- 
templated the content and title of the Grand Orator's address that I 
would be giving today, I though of my part in Freemasonry thus far in 
my life. I though of those great and famous men of centuries ago, who, 
with their inexhaustible Wisdom and Strength, have passed the Beauty, 
the great ideals, principles and teachings of our beloved Masonic 
Fraternity, the Legacy to mankind and Masons, down through the ages 
and now unto us. Thus, my Companions, may my remarks today also 
inspire each of you to often think of "Our Masonic Heritage" and to be 
ever grateful to our ancestors, our forefathers and our fathers for this 
wonderful and magnificent gift." 

Our Masonic Heritage is also well expressed in this little poem by 
an unknown Mason. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 189 

LAST NIGHT I DWELT WHERE HIRAM KNELT 

Last night I knelt where Hiram And, as I feel his friendly grip 

knelt It fills my heart with pride, 

And took an obligation, I know that while I'm on the 

Today I'm closer to my God, square 

And I'm a Master Mason. That he is on my side. 

Tho' heretofore my fellow men His footsteps on my errand go 

Seemed each one like the other, If I should such require, 

Today I search each one apart, His prayers will plead in my 

I'm looking for "my Brother". behalf 

If I should so desire. 
My words are safe withm his 

breast I might have lived a moral life 

As though within my own; And risen to distinctions, 

His hand forever at my back Without my Brother's helping hand 

_ , , And fellowship of Masons. 

To help me safely Home. 

Good counsel whispers in my ear But God, who knows how hard it 

And warns of any danger is 

By square and compass, To resist life's temptations, 

Brother now! Knows why I knelt where Hiram 

Who once would call me stranger. knelt 

And took that obligation. 

WASHINGTON 

M. Ex. Comp. Richard D. Hein, G.H. P. 
54 Chapters, 6.239 Members. 

The Eighty-eighth Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Washington was held in the Red Lion 
Motor Inn, in Pasco, Washington, on Thursday, May 18th, 1972. 

In reading through this Grand Chapter Proceedings we came upon 
two interesting reports, the first being a Report of the Grand Historian 
and then an Address by the Grand Orator. The title of the Grand 
Orator's address was Masonic Symbolism which was very interesting 
and informative. 

This Grand Chapter has a wonderful benevolent program called the 
Royal Arch Masons Childrens Heart Foundation. To this date, they 
have assisted 35 families financially. The actual cost of the operations 
was $110,537.00, of which the Heart Foundation paid $60,651.05. 

At the conclusion of the report of the Committee on Obituaries and 
Memorials is this poem and we would like to reprint it for your reading. 
"A Mason's hand is a hand that helps, 
That lifts the fallen one, 
That comes, in need, with a kindly deed 

To him whose strength is gone. 
A Mason's heart is a heart that loves, 

The best that is good and true, 
He stands the friend, his best to lend, 

Under his banner blue. 
A Mason's eye is an eye that smiles, 

And his a cheering voice; 
He spreads the light, dispels the night, 

And makes the world rejoice. 
Over the earth in stranger lands, 
Where distant peoples dwell, 
The eye, the grip, the life, the lip, 

Of love unchanging tell." — By Carl W. Mason. 



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WEST VIRGINIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Carl H. Mann, G.H.P. 

47 Chapters, 9,820 Members. 

The One Hundred and First Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Charleston, October 8th and 9th, 1971. 

In the Acceptance speech of the Incoming Grand High Priest, he 
makes mention of many thoughts and ideas which are exceptionally 
accurate and true today in practically all Grand jurisdictions and we 
feel like sharing his words of wisdom with our Companions and we 
quote: "In the masonic fraternity, we are taught continuously that we 
must earn the right to serve. This should be our most ardent desire 
now, especially now, to serve with our time, talent and energy. 

I can see the spires of some of our dominions that once glittered, 
slowly, but surely, fading away. No temple, no society, no spiritual 
building will stand without perpetual repair. 

We might observe that because of basic principles that are eternal, 
our lineage has survived and there is no cause for concern. But when 
our numbers are decreasing and the population of the world is increas- 
ing, we cannot assume self satisfaction with the status quo. Why can't 
we have 10,000 Royal Arch Masons in West Virginia? Does the young 
Master Mason know about Royal Arch? Why is it so difficult to obtain 
officers and to conduct our work with proficiency? Does the Royal 
Arch Chapter rate only as a stepping stone? It cannot be that we are 
so destitute. 

Do our rites and ceremonies need adjustment? If they do, we had 
better get at it. Do our attitudes, approaches, intentions, goals and 
achievements need to be reviewed? If they do, let's do it. I can do 
little by myself, but we can take a giant step together. I intend to 
lose my life into the cause of Royal Arch Masonry by giving my time 
and energy constantly. I, therefore, am asking every Royal Arch 
Mason to be concerned, to be attentive to his Chapter, to be zealous 
to learn the ritual, and to promote Royal Arch Masonry in every way. 

Our goal is 10,000 Royal Arch Masons once again. To obtain this, 
many exaltations are necessary and a keen interest of the present 
membership will need to prevail. It is the privilege and responsibility 
of the High Priest of each Chapter to perpetuate our craft. It is his 
duty to open and close his Chapter and to give instruction. I urge each 
High Priest to see that his officers are proficient. This is where we 
begin. The presiding officer must be dynamic — be a leader. Establish 
a goal and a plan — very little can be accomplished without this basis. 

REMEMBER, you can solicit candidates openly. Determine a 
number of petitions to be obtained and work toward it. Every Master 
Mason is a potential candidate. Each of us should assume the respon- 
sibility of telling Master Masons that the Royal Arch Degree reveals 
greater light and that ancient craft masonry is not complete without it. 

If a particular Chapter is reluctant to obtain petitions because they 
cannot present the ritual adequately, then I recommend the idea of the 
festival. This would amount to two or more Chapters working together 
on their combined candidates. 

I strongly urge visitations between Chapters. 

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about transmitting accurately, consistently, and even persuasively. In 
view of this, I am attempting to develop a periodical that will inform 
each Chapter and each Grand Officer of the happenings in our state. 
This will take cooperation. I invite each Companion to contribute 
articles, announcements, and items of interest. You will hear more 
about this later. 

As we are necessarily sustained by the blue lodges we should 
support our lodge with fervency and zeal. We should honor our Grand 
Master on every occasion by exemplary conduct and be mindful of the 
dignity of his office. In his honor, subject to his approval, I would 
like to designate the week beginning February 20, 1972 as Grand Master 
week in the Chapters — it would be very nice if all Chapters could 
have work during that week. 

As Mark Masters we are taught the advantages of discipline and 
education. I am hopeful we will pursue these advantages. We need 
to know more about ourselves, our brethren, and our craft." 

WISCONSIN 

M. Ex. Comp. Donald L. Gilbertson, G.H.P. 

88 Chapters, 12,484 Members. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-second Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Wisconsin was held in the 
Temple of Freemasonry in Eau Claire, on May 1st, 1972. 

We read with interest where the Grand High Priest appointed a 
special committee to conduct a research of the District Deputy Grand 
High Priest system. At the conclusion of the report the committee 
recommended that the District Deputy Grand High Priest system be 
established in Wisconsin and further that a committee be appointed to 
develop the duties, responsibilities and guidelines under which the 
District Deputy Grand High Priest system would function. 

The Grand High Priest in his address put forth a resolution, "Royal 
Arch Masonry in Wisconsin is most fortunate to have as its Grand 
Secretary a man who has brought great depth and understanding to 
his office. He has given unselfishly of himself for the benefit of the 
Craft. Earl B. Bauer has devoted hours far beyond the call of duty, and 
has made himself and his staff available to all who sought advice or 
help. He hs conducted the affairs of Royal Arch Masonry with economy, 
integrity and great ability. 

In recognition of his outstanding service over many years, be it 
resolved that the Companions here assembled, designate Right Excellent 
Companion Earl Becker Bauer, an Honorary Past Grand Priest of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin, with 
the title of Most Excellent. 

(This resolution was signed by all of the Grand Officers and 
Past Grand High Priests who were present.) 

Our Grand High Priest moved that this Resolution be adopted. Our 
Grand King put the motion, and it was unanimously adopted. Our new 
Honorary Past Grand High Priest was accorded the Grand Honors at 
this time." 

Under the title of "The Word" — "The word is a presentation of 
York Rite Masonry. The Degrees and Orders are arranged chronologi- 



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cally. Our thanks to Companion Rex Bross, Secretary for "The Word" 
and also Secretary of the Scottish Rite Valley of Madison, and to the 
'Workers' from the Madison area. 111. Floyd McBurney 33° Deputy of 
Wisconsin of the Scottish Rite, has shown through his work and support 
that he is a true Mason who practices what he preaches — namely 
Masonic Unity. Our appreciation is also extended to the Scottish Rite 
Valley of Madison for their co-operation and the use of their facilities. 

The results of this State-wide conferral showed the greatest number 
of Masons ever to take the York Rite in one day. 522 Masons received 
further light in the York Rite. Chapter 388, Council 478, Commandery 
466. 

The excellent presentation of the work will inspire all Chapters and 
their Officers to bring the local ritual work and equipment up to date, 
as the Candidates will visit their own Chapters and expect to see the 
same proficiency. 

Each Chapter is requested to invite the new members to attend and 
participate in the degree work. This will not only expose the candidate 
to our complete four degrees, but will permit the Chapters to do the 
work." 

In the address of the new Grand High Priest we reprint for your 
interest a portion — "The High Priest learned that in trying to define 
one problem — lack of attendance — he had found several items that 
needed improving, namely: 

1. A lack of programs at the stated meetings. 

2. Poor degree work. 

3. No Chapter library. 

4. A lack of communication with the members. 

5. No Capitular Masonic education program. 

6. The Chapter is not a vital part of the community and is merely 
a rent paying organization in the Temple. 

There was no question about it. If the Companions were to receive 
more light, there was a lot of hard work ahead. 

MORE LIGHT? WHO NEEDS IT? 
Those of us who aren't proud to be called a Royal Arch Mason. 
Those of us who don't feel that "we" can identify with Capitular 
Masonry. 

Those of us who can't talk about the Order, not even to our families, 
because we don't know what to say. 

Those of us who have asked questions about the Fraternity but 
never received meaningful answers. 

If the goal of making every member a Royal Arch Mason hasn't 
been set and reached, there is a need to seek and spread more light. If 
the members and officers aren't enthused about being Royal Arch 
Masons, knowledge about the Craft is lacking. If every Royal Arch 
Mason isn't a worker in the quarries, there is a need for more and more 
light. 

MORE LIGHT: WHO NEEDS IT? — ALL OF US. 
A horse can't pull while kicking. 
This fact I merely mention. 
And he can't kick while pulling, 

Which is my chief contention. 
Let's imitate the good old horse. 

And lead a life that's fitting. 
Just pull an honest load, and then 
There'll be no time for kicking." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1973 193 

WYOMING 

M. Ex. Comp. Alvah L. Good, G.H.P. 

20 Chapters, 2,813 Members. 

The Sixty-third Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Wyoming" was held in the Masonic Temple in Rawlins, 
Wyoming, on September 10th, 1971. 

The Grand High Priest in his recommendations one of which was 
that the Grand Chapter purchase the subscription to the Royal Arch 
Magazine for each member of the jurisdiction for another year. 

The Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Good reports that he had 
the privilege of visiting each of the 20 chapters in the Grand jurisdic- 
tion on their stated convocation. 

One portion of the Grand High Priest's report has the title of 
"THE WORD 

This ritual is a presentation based upon degrees in the Lodge, the 
Chapter and the Council in chronological order. It traces the Masters 
word from its Deposit, its Loss, to its Rediscovery." 

WYOMING 

M. Ex. Comp. Lawrence E. Armstrong, G.H.P. 

20 Chapters, 2,809 Members. 

The Sixty-fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming was held in the Masonic Temple, 
Cheyenne, on Friday, September 8, 1972. 

It has been recommended by the Grand High Priest and approved 
by the Committee on Finance that the Grand Chapter purchase a sub- 
scription to the Royal Arch Magazine for each member of the jurisdic- 
tion for another year. 

The Finance Committee also recommended that until such detailed 
information is forthcoming and a formal decision by the Grand Chapter 
on this subject is reached, that they contribute to the Gottsche Foun- 
dation the sum of $120.00, which is the approximate interest $2,000.00 
would yield but, at the same time, would permit them to retain the 
principal in control of Grand Chapter. 

The Grand Master of Masons in Wyoming was present and was 
called on for a few remarks. 

This is one of the several proceedings which has the Chapters listed 
chronologically in the back of the book, and we find it interesting to 
read this because of the information which it contains regarding each 
chapter, such as date chartered plus list of Past High Priests, Exalta- 
tions, etc. 



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